GPD searching for robbery suspect
Published: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 2:18 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 2:18 p.m.
Gainesville police are searching for a man who robbed a 13th Street Internet cafe at gunpoint Wednesday.
The suspect wore a gray hooded sweatshirt and pointed a gun at a cashier after he entered the Gainesville Internet Center, 4158 NW 13th St., at around 2 p.m., according to the Gainesville Police Department.
No one was hurt and none of the patrons were robbed, GPD said. The suspect ran off after the robbery, and officers set up a perimeter around the area — utilizing a helicopter and police dogs to aid in the search. The suspect remains at large.
He is described as a thin, younger black man in a white T-shirt and gray sweatpants, around 5 feet 11 inches tall and 140 pounds. The suspect got away with an undetermined amount of cash, according to police.
After the robbery, officers taped off the entrance to the establishment and dusted the side door for fingerprints. Patrons waited in the parking lot to re-enter the business, and one said she didn't even notice there was a robbery until she was told to leave.
Another woman, who did not want to be identified, said she walked in as the robber walked out, and she noticed him carrying a small black bag.
The robbery only took about 20 seconds, police said. In a surveillance video, the suspect quickly walked up to the counter with the gun pointed sideways in his right hand, and he threw a black bag at the cashier, who rapidly filled it.
Anyone with information on the crime can call GPD detectives at 393-7670 or crimestoppers at 372-STOP (7867).
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