St. Francis schools and businesses were placed on a brief lockdown early Monday afternoon following an armed robbery at a St. Francis business. Nobody was injured in the hold-up, and the lockdowns were cleared once police felt confident that the suspect was no longer in the area.
According to St. Francis Acting Police Chief Jake Rehling, a lone white male entered Restyle & Consignments, located just north of County Market along St. Francis Boulevard, at approximately 12:05 p.m., pointed a handgun at an employee and got away with a small amount of cash from the register.
That employee and one customer were the only two people inside the business at the time. Neither was injured in the incident.
After taking the cash, the suspect fled on foot to the north. The two witnesses were unable to see where he went next.
The suspect is described as being in his late teens to early 20s, around 5-foot-8 to to 5-foot-10 and weighing between 150 and 170 pounds. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and had some kind of material covering his face from the nose down.
Rehling said he chose to lean on the side of caution and made the decision to place schools on a modified lock-down, meaning students and staff remain free to move around inside the building so that the educational process is not disrupted, but nobody is permitted to enter or exit the building.
The suspect is still at large, and the investigation will include interviews with employees at nearby businesses and viewing of all surveillance video.
Anyone with any information about this crime is asked to contact either the St. Francis Police Department at 763-753-1264 or the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office at 763-323-5000.