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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