VAN NUYS (CBSLA) — Police are asking for the public’s help to identify a man who attacked a Van Nuys dentist while trying to rob a dental office.

Video of the robbery on Aug. 30 was released Tuesday in an effort to identify the man who tried to rob a dentist office near Van Nuys Boulevard and Sherman Way.

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That morning, Los Angeles police officials say the suspect got into the dentist office – which was still closed – through an open door, and put on a lab coat, a surgical mask, protective eyewear and latex gloves and began to steal things. The office manager arrived to find the suspect in the office, and was forced into a rear office.

When the dentist arrived soon after and went into the dental examination room, the suspect armed himself with a sharp dental tool to confront him. Police say as the suspect attacked the dentist, more employees arriving for work heard the struggle and saw what was happening.

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The suspect was last seen running away.

The dentist sustained minor injuries from the sharp tool and refused treatment.

Police described the suspect as a Hispanic, between 27 and 33 years old, with short dark hair. He is 5-foot-8 with a medium build.

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Anyone with information about the robbery or the suspect’s identity can contact Van Nuys Robbery Detective Cheun at (818) 374-0081.