A young man armed with a gun robbed an El Cerrito-area comic book store Friday afternoon.

The thief, who appeared to be in his late teens or early 20s, confronted a clerk at Empire Collectibles, 5795 El Cajon Blvd., displayed the weapon and demanded cash shortly before 2 p.m., according to San Diego police.

After the employee handed over an undisclosed amount of money, the bandit — described as a thin man in black basketball shorts and a gray hooded sweat shirt — left the business and fled the area to the south on 58th Street, Officer Frank Cali said.

–City News Service