Gunman strikes at Fayetteville Dollar General

Tue, 08/14/2007 - 4:37pm
By: John Munford

Fayetteville police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred at the Dollar General Store at the Banks Station shopping center Sunday evening.

The assailant pulled a gun on the manager, forced the manager into the back office and made her open the safe, police said.

The gunman told the manager to wait in the office for 20 minutes and said that if she tried to follow him out he would shoot the clerk working the front register, police said.

The manager then waited 20 minutes before calling her supervisor, who then called 911, police said. Police responded to the scene at 7:38 p.m.

The manager had contact with the assailant in the back of the store before the incident, as the suspect asked to use the restroom, police said. The manager replied that the store didn’t have a public restroom and he needed to move back to the front of the store, police said.

That was when the man pulled a gun from under his shirt and demanded the money, police said.

No one was injured during the incident, but an undetermined amount of cash was taken from the store, police said.

The suspect was described as a dark-skinned black male, six feet tall, weighing 240 pounds and wearing blue or black jeans, a yellow and green striped shirt, black shoes and sunglasses, police said.

The suspect may have left the area in a dark four-door car with a black female driver, police said. Police do not believe this is the same pair that used a baseball bat to rob the Zaxby’s restaurant on Ga. Highway 85 near the Fayette Pavilion last week because their descriptions don’t match, police said.

No arrests have been made in connection with the Zaxby’s case, which involved a black man and black woman wearing ski masks who forced employees into a cooler, grabbed cash and got away Monday night Aug. 6 as the store was closing, police said.

This is the second time the Dollar General has been robbed this year. The last incident occurred May 18 when the suspect initially posed as a customer buying a drink and then pulled a gun on the cashier, police said.

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