UPDATE: Neighbors Cautious after Family Dollar Armed Robbery

By: Rahel Solomon, WSAZ News Staff Email
By: Rahel Solomon, WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 7/27/13 at 5:15 p.m.
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – Neighbors in South Charleston say they are in shock after an armed robbery Friday night at the Family Dollar.

Police tell WSAZ.com it happened at about 10 p.m. at 4900 Maccorkle Avenue. The suspect came in as the store was closing.

Neighbor Storm Smith says she was sitting on her front porch at the time and saw who she believes is the suspect running away from the store.

“Me and my sister were sitting on these two chairs around 10 or 100 and we saw some guy running that way and then we heard sirens,” Smith said, referring to Kentucky Street.

Police describe the suspect as a black man who at the time was wearing a red hooded sweatshirt and a white mask over his face.

The suspect was able to get away with cash though it’s unclear how much.

Two employees and one customer were in the store at the time but police say no one was hurt.

Smith’s cousin Kayla Powell was asleep at the time but said her grandfather’s call woke her up.

“When my grandpa called me, he asked if I was okay and I said yea, why and he said because there was a gun robbery at the dollar store … and I was just really scared,” Powell said, “I woke up and made sure that the door was still locked.”

An employee of a nearby business who did not want to be identified tells WSAZ.com she saw the suspect sneak out from behind a dumpster before allegedly robbing the store.

The South Charleston Detective’s Bureau is handling the case.

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Police in South Charleston say a man with a gun held-up the employees at the Family Dollar Store.

It happened about 10 p.m. Friday as they were getting ready to close the store.

According to police a masked suspected came into the store and took off with an undetermined amount of cash.

Two employees and one customer were in the store at the time. No one was hurt.

An employee at a nearby business says she saw the man sneak out behind a dumpster before entering the store.

She says something didn't look right so she called police.

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