Saturday, May 25, 2013
Armed Robber Eludes Fairbanks-Area Police
A lone gunman is believed to have robbed a west Fairbanks business and assaulted two employees Sunday night.
FAIRBANKS — A lone gunman is believed to have robbed a west Fairbanks business and assaulted two employees Sunday night.
Fairbanks police received a report at 9:50 p.m. Sunday that a Native male in his mid-20s robbed a business with an address on Geraghty Avenue, behind Teddy Bear Plaza.
The man, wearing a black hoodie with a white shirt underneath, allegedly assaulted two employees with a gun and attempted to grab the cash register.
An employee stopped the man, but police believe he might have escaped with some money. The suspect was seen heading toward University Avenue.
The police log entry did not report any injuries. The name of the business was blacked out.
Police responded with a search of the Chena River State Recreation Area, which is just north of the robbed business. While questioning people in the campground, several witnesses reported seeing a Native man in a white shirt getting into a white vehicle.
One family said they saw a man get into a white Toyota sedan with a canopy roof. Police believe there might be two more suspects, but that all three departed in different vehicles.
Later that night, police received a tip from a local taxi company that a driver had dropped off a fare matching the initial suspect’s description at the Holiday gas station on 23rd Avenue. Police interviewed gas station employees but they did not report seeing anyone of that description. A search of the surrounding area turned up nothing.
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