A masked man robbed a downtown Ashland gas station at gunpoint early Monday, fleeing on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

A masked man robbed a downtown Ashland gas station at gunpoint early Monday, fleeing on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Police are searching for the robber, who pointed a black handgun at an attendant and demanded money at the Astro gas station, 449 E. Main St., at about 3:45 a.m.

The attendant told police the man was between 5 feet 6 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall with a medium build, said Ashland Police Chief Terry Holderness.

The suspect was dressed all in black, and was wearing a black ski mask and black gloves when he approached the attendant. He was carrying a green backpack and appeared to have green eyes, the attendant told police.

According to the police report, she told officers that the suspect "sounded like he had a younger voice and was maybe in his mid-20s."

After taking money from the gas station's cash register, the suspect told the attendant to turn around while he fled.

"She could not see, but from the sound of it, he ran toward Gresham Street between the library and Evos (Coffee Lounge)," Holderness said.

About a minute later, the attendant called police, he said.

Holderness declined to reveal how much money the suspect stole.

He also said it's "too early to tell" if the suspect is a local.

"We're following up on few leads today, but there's nothing we can talk about at this time," he said.

Armed robberies are rare in Ashland, where there have been three such incidences in the past three years, Holderness said.

"It seems like we average about one armed robbery report a year," he said. "So they're unusual."

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to contact the Ashland Police Department at 482-5211.

Contact staff writer Hannah Guzik at 482-3456 ext. 226 or hguzik@dailytidings.com.