Parsons police are continuing to investigate Monday’s armed robbery at Dollar General, 2612 Main, but have yet to arrest a suspect.
Police were called at 9:09 a.m. Monday to a reported aggravated robbery at the general store.
Officers learned that the suspect was a white man, about 6 feet tall, with a medium build. He was wearing blue pants with a gray or tan coat and wielded a black handgun. The suspect fled in an unknown direction with an undisclosed amount of money.
Officers canvassed the area and asked business owners for help with surveillance footage that may have caught the robber coming or going from Dollar General. One business owner was uncooperative with the investigation, stating the robbery was not his problem and claiming that he was being harassed by the police. This person later made a social media video in response to the officer’s attempt at follow-up. Other citizens and businesses were helpful and attempted to assist officers in any way possible.
Police investigators and officers are still gathering information and seeking evidence. The police are asking that if you or anyone you know has information that could lead to the capture of this fugitive to call the police department at 421-7060 or the tip line to remain anonymous at 421-7057.
“It is sad that one fellow business owner in the area would not help out the investigation due to a mistrust for the police,” Police Chief Robert Spinks said in a prepared statement. “When crimes of this nature occur, we reach out to everyone that could possibly have information to follow any leads that may come up. It is extremely frustrating for the officers and the victims of a serious crime when citizens refuse to help. I want to extend gratitude to the homeowners, businesses and anonymous tips that have come in for our officers to continue this investigation. The ‘see it, hear it, report it’ philosophy has led to more arrests in Parsons than not. The more we embrace this philosophy the more criminals will be brought to justice.”
Parsons Police Detective Kyle Wiford said the Parsons community is too small for someone not to know who is committing these robberies.
“We suspect that the last three robberies are connected and know that someone has to the have the information on it. We are asking anyone with information to step forward anonymously or not to end this criminal activity before someone gets seriously hurt. The last thing we as a community want to see is this criminal get desperate or brave enough to kill someone or even get himself killed. Situations like this often escalate beyond control very quickly and we don’t want that to happen.”
The first armed robbery occurred at 2:08 p.m. Jan. 26 at Advance America Payday Loans, 2222 Main. A suspect wearing a wig, hat, mask and dark jacket and brandishing a black handgun escaped with money from the store.
The second robbery occurred at 6:44 p.m. Jan. 29 at AuBurn Pharmacy inside King Cash, 2020 Main. A white man between 5-foot, 8-inches and 5-foot, 10-inches tall wearing a black mask, black hoodie, black gloves and brown overalls robbed the pharmacy of medication. He was last seen running south from the store armed with a pistol with a black grip and silver on top.
Tips on any or all of these robberies also may be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.