Petaluma police Monday night were searching for a man who tried to rob a downtown clothing store.

A man walked into Caravan Imports on Western Avenue just after 6 p.m. and demanded a clerk open the register and hand over money, Sgt. Marty Frye said.

The employee refused and the man grabbed a pair of scissors from a counter and again demanded cash, Frye said.

The clerk again refused and said police were being called. The man ran out, heading east on Western Avenue.

The man was unshaven with a brownish-red goatee and wore a black hooded sweatshirt with gray horizontal stripes, a purple undershirt and dark jeans, he said. He was described as white, 25 to 30 years old, 5-foot-8 with a medium to heavy build.

Several witnesses later told police they saw a man matching that description "acting bizarre" a half-block away on Kentucky Street about 20 minutes before the attempted robbery, Frye said.

Anyone with information about the attempted robbery can call police at 778-4372.

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Timeline


2013

May: Deputy Sonoma County Administrator Jim Leddy takes job as Mono County administrator.

2014

December: Female employee in Leddy’s office discusses sexual harassment allegations with Mono County counsel’s office.

2015

January: Mono County supervisors get involved. Female employee placed on administrative leave.

January/February: Leddy applies for administrative job in Sonoma County, but does not get it.

March 2: Employee moved to Probation Department.

March 24: Employee interviewed by state investigator, claims harassment dating back to June 2013.

April 13: Sonoma County opens recruitment for special projects director position in Community Development Commission.

April 14: Leddy announces resignation, effective May 31. Employee files complaint of employment discrimination with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing.

April 16: Leddy applies for job at Community Development Commission.

April 17: Sonoma County closes recruitment for Community Development Commission position.

April 21: Sonoma County supervisors approve the new Community Development Commission position.

May 26: Leddy starts working at Community Development Commission.

June 2: Employee reaches settlement with Mono County.

July 9: Employee withdraws sexual harassment complaint; Department of Fair Employment and Housing closes investigation.