At press time, police were looking for witnesses and more information about the unidentified suspect who entered a dry cleaner’s shop in the 17400 block of Mack, at Neff, around 6:52 p.m. Dec. 3 and demanded money from the clerk after brandishing a handgun.
Detective C.J. Lee said the female clerk was the only person inside the business at the time. Although the clerk fortunately wasn’t injured during the robbery, he said she “appeared to be” pretty shaken up by the ordeal and got only a vague description of the suspect, whom she said was a male of average height and build who was wearing all black clothing and gloves, and had concealed his face, possibly with a hoodie or ski mask. The victim gave the suspect an unknown amount of money from the register, but didn’t see what direction he went as he fled the scene, or if he got into a vehicle, police said.
“It’s still in the fairly early stages of the investigation,” said Lee of the case, which had police searching for leads that might help them crack it.
Lee said after they got the call from the victim, they were at the store in a minute or two, but despite setting up a perimeter, they were unable to locate the suspect.
Police are hoping someone who might have been in the area at the time — possibly at the gas station next door, or walking in the neighborhood — might have seen the suspect and could offer additional information about his appearance or what direction he went. Anyone with more information is asked to call City Public Safety at (313) 886-3200.
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