Robber strikes Broad St.

By Thomas Wilson
STAR STAFF
twilson@starhq.com

  
Elizabethton police are searching for a suspect in an armed robbery that reportedly occurred at an Elizabethton check cashing business Monday morning.
   Capt. Mike Peters of the Criminal Investigations Division of the Elizabethton Police Department said police were summoned to Cash 2 You, 825 Broad St., shortly after 10 a.m. Monday on a report of an armed robbery.
   According to an employee of the business, the assailant entered the building, pointed a handgun at her and shouted, "give me all your money". In a police report by EPD Capt. Art Smithdeal, the employee said the handgun was a small semiautomatic pistol dark blue or black in color. According to the report, she told the assailant money was in the cash drawer and asked him "not to kill her".
   The employee told police the assailant took an undetermined amount of cash from the cash drawer and demanded she empty her pocketbook onto a desk. After taking money from the cash drawer and cash from the victim's purse, the assailant fled on foot. The total amount of cash taken from the employee and the business was over $1,500.
   The suspect is described as a white male in his late teens to early 20s with short dark hair, standing 5 feet, 8 inches tall with a stocky build. He was reportedly wearing dark gray pants, a black hooded sweatshirt and a type of black hosiery over his face.
   Peters said police believe the suspect had a vehicle waiting nearby to leave the scene. An investigation into the incident is ongoing. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the EPD Criminal Investigation Division at 547-6415.