A man who uses his "massive size" as a weapon held up two more gas stations Tuesday, his fifth and sixth robberies in nine days, authorities said.
"He uses his massive size and strength as a weapon" to choke and pummel the clerks into submission, said Jim Amormino, a spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff's Department. "It's the same as pointing a gun at a person."
The series of robberies began July 21 when the man -- described as African American, 6 feet 3 to 6 feet 6, weighing 300 to 350 pounds, his head shaved and wearing a black shirt and blue jeans -- walked into a Unocal station in Mission Viejo, grabbed a clerk by the neck, slammed him against the cash register and ordered him to open it, Amormino said. Using the same method, Amormino said, the man robbed three more gas stations over the next few days, all near freeways in Seal Beach, Laguna Hills and Lake Forest.
The first of Tuesday's robberies, he said, occurred about 4 a.m. at a Chevron station near the Orange-Anaheim border. The second was about 2 1/2 hours later in Buena Park.