Knife-Wielding Suspect at Large After Robbing East Missoula Convenience Store [AUDIO]
An unidentified man is still at large after allegedly robbing a convenience store in East Missoula on Monday morning, December 2.
Missoula County Sheriff's Department Public Information Officer Paige Pavalone said the robbery occurred at about 10:15 a.m.
"A cashier that works at the Quick-Stop convenience store in East Missoula reported that a male had come into the gas station and threatened him with a knife," Pavalone said. "He held the knife to the man's head, forced him into a beer cooler and subsequently robbed the till of several hundred dollars that we know of."
Pavalone said the clerk remained in the cooler until he thought it was safe to come out.
"The cashier waited inside the cooler until he heard the front bell on the door ring, then he went outside and saw that the suspect had gone," Pavalone said. "He thinks the suspect escaped in a westward direction, but could not tell if he escaped in a vehicle."
Pavalone provided a partial description of the suspect.
"We know that he was dressed in black pants, a black heavy coat, and he also had a black ski-mask over his face," Pavalone said. "He's described as being about five feet 10 inches tall, weighing 220 pounds, possibly with brown eyes, and he had a gruff-sounding voice."
Pavalone said the store was empty at the time, except for the suspect and the clerk, and that the clerk was not injured in the robbery.
Authorities are asking anyone who may have knowledge of the suspect or the robbery to contact the Missoula County Sheriff's Office at 258-4810, or Missoula Crimestoppers at 721-44-44.
Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Paige Pavalone