Two Coon Rapids businesses across the street from one another were robbed at gunpoint by the same man the early hours of Monday, Aug. 4.
Coon Rapids Police responded to the Walgreens store, 3470 River Rapids Dr. NW, at 2:03 a.m. where an employee reported he had been robbed at gunpoint, the suspect ordering him to empty four cash registers into a backpack for a estimated loss of $600 before leaving the store on foot.
While police were at Walgreens, they received a report of an armed robbery across Main Street at the SuperAmerica, 3516 Main St. NW.
A female employee was held up at gunpoint and the robber got away with an estimated $400 to $500 in cash. He was in the store for less than a minute, according to the police report.
From video surveillance and employee descriptions, police described the suspect as a black male, between 16 and 21 years old, weighing about 140 pounds, with a gray ski mask and wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, dark colored pants and black boots, but no gloves.
He was carrying a black handgun and had unknown tattoos and piercings.
A Coon Rapids Police officer, responding to the scene, spotted a man on a bicycle in the area of the businesses, but when the officer turned the squad car to investigate, the suspect took off and the officer lost visual sight of him. A bike was found in the parking lot of Old Country Buffet.
Police set up a perimeter, brought in multiple K-9 units and a helicopter, but were unable to locate the suspect.