At approximately 12.25pm police were called to reports of an attempted robbery at the cash and carry store on Whitefield Road.
A man, armed with what appeared to be a handgun, threatened a member of staff outside the store and demanded he get cash from inside. The man left empty handed after the employee did not return.
Approximately 30 minutes later police were called to reports of a second incident in which a man armed with a knife entered a money exchange shop on St Mark’s Road, Easton. He threatened an employee before assaulting him and making off with a quantity of cash. The victim sustained a leg injury and was taken to Bristol Royal Infirmary for treatment. His injury is not believed to be life changing.
An Avon & Somerset police spokesman said: “We believe the two incidents are linked after witnesses gave similar descriptions of the suspect.
“He is described as black, aged in his late 20s, around 6ft and of slim build. His face was covered with what appeared to be a scarf or similar item of clothing while he was wearing a long black dress with a long blue coat over the top.
“Despite a detailed search by officers and the police helicopter, we were unable to locate the suspect.
“Inquiries are now continuing and officers are supporting the local community with increased patrols.”
Anyone with information which could help in identifying the man in the image, or who may have seen him immediately before or after the incidents, is asked to call 101, quoting crime reference number 5215062580.