Police searching for armed robber

By DANIEL HERATY
Times-Herald Newspapers

HEIGHTS – Police are looking for a man who got away with $200 after allegedly robbing a dollar store about 3 p.m. Sept. 5.

According to police reports, the suspect entered Family Dollar, 3543 Beech Daly, and placed a soft drink on the counter. He then pulled a black handgun from the waistband of his pants and demanded the cashier give him money.

When she said she couldn’t open the drawer because she didn’t have a key, he hit her on the left side of her head with the gun, leaving a small cut near her ear.

A manager heard the commotion, what she said sounded like someone being punched. When she got to the register, the suspect pointed the gun at the manager and told her to hurry up, firing a shot at the ground. When the manager opened the register, she placed the cash drawer on the counter and the suspect took the money. He allegedly threatened the manager and the cashier, telling them he would shoot them if they watched him leave the store.

Two witnesses who were waiting outside told officers they were standing about 50 feet from the front door and saw the robber flee on foot onto Beech Daly before heading north toward Penn Street. Another witness, who was shopping at the time, said she heard a loud argument at the front cash register. She dialed 9-1-1 to report the commotion when she overheard the gunshot. The suspect is described as black, approximately 40 years old, between 6 feet 1 inch and 6 feet 2 inches tall and about 180 pounds. He has light skin and no facial hair with a pitted complexion on both cheeks. He was wearing sunglasses, a yellow hooded sweatshirt and blue sweatpants with a white stripe on the side.

Anyone with information leading to an arrest can call the Dearborn Heights Police Department at (313) 277-6770.

(Daniel Heraty can be reached at dheraty@bewickpublications.com.)