Charleston Police Searching for Armed Robbery Suspect

By: Katelyn Sykes Email
By: Katelyn Sykes Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The Charleston Police Department needs your help finding whoever robbed a west side pizza place with a gun. It happened Saturday night at Gino's on West Lee Street around 11:30 p.m.

Police said a man, armed with a gun, walked into the restaurant and went straight to the back of the store. He returned with an employee and demands them to open both cash registers and give him the cash. He was able to get away with an undisclosed amount of money.

It's a crime that has neighbors on edge.

"That kind of bothers me that something should be happening around here,” Jacqueline Beall, neighbor said. “Because I always thought it was such a safe community."

Beall lives right across the street from Gino’s and said Saturday night’s armed robbery is disturbing. It’s a crime that’s leaving other neighbors on edge as well. Larry Taylor and Jennette Ralton have two young children and live up the street from Gino’s. They said this crime hits too close to home.

"It's scary because my kids are home and my wife and most of the time iIm out working they're home by themselves and that's scary," Taylor said.

"My neighbor has a seven year old little girl that gets off the bus and stuff and what if it happens during the day and not at night? That just terrifies me," said Ralton.

And it concerns police as well. Their fear is that this armed robbery will lead to another. That’s why they stopped by other businesses in the area, Sunday, to alert them about Saturday night’s robbery. They’re also hoping surveillance video will lead them to their suspect.

"We're hoping that someone will recognize some feature from the individual whether it be his posture, the way he walks, clothing,” said Lt. S.A. Cooper, Charleston Police Department. “Something that gives us a lead and we can act quickly."

Before it happens again. And so neighbors can breathe a sigh of relief.

Police have a limited description of the suspect but said he’s a black man and was wearing a bandana over his face and a dark hoodie.

If you have any information that can help police, you’re asked to call the Charleston Police Department at 304-348-6829.

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