A man trying to steal beer from a West Hill Circle K on Thursday punched a clerk who tried to stop him, Akron police said.

The incident happened about 5:30 p.m. in the 400 block of West Market Street.

The clerk told police she confronted the man at the store exit before he walked out with beer he hadn't paid for. She said the man punched her, ran and dropped the beer in the parking lot.

Witnesses described the man as 45 to 50 years old, about 5-feet-7-inches tall, black and weighing 140 pounds. He was wearing a green shirt at the time of the incident.

Police ask anyone with information to call detectives at 330-375-2490 or 330-375-2TIP, the FBI at 330-535-6156, the U.S. Marshals Service at 1-866-4-WANTED, or Summit County Crimestoppers at 330-434-COPS.

People can also text tips to 274637 (CRIMES).  Anyone providing information may remain anonymous.