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Police look for man who pulled gun at local store

Jan 9, 2014 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

Police are investigating a possible attempted robbery involving a firearm at a retail establishment in Riverton.

No one was injured in the incident, which was reported at about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Family Dollar, 514 E. Pershing Ave. Witnesses said a man approached the cash register and started to pull out what the clerk perceived as a black firearm. The man then put the item away and left the store; nothing was taken.

Riverton Police Department Capt. C.T. Smith said officers were slow to respond to the event because the clerk called the store manager before calling law enforcement. At least eight minutes had passed before police were contacted.

Officers conducted a search of the area near the store, including the Rails to Trails path. At least one person was intercepted for questioning, but he was not involved in the incident.

Officials are looking for a 5-foot, 8 inch, 150-pound man wearing Levis and a white T-shirt with several layers of dark sweatshirts over the top. Smith said the subject was concealing his face with the clothing.

"The sweatshirt hood was ... pulled down, and the white T-shirt came up under the underside of the face," Smith said.

Other cases

Smith had nothing new to report about the RPD's investigations into two other cases involving firearms at local businesses and homes.

"We've kind of run into some dead ends," he said.

No one was injured in either incident.

The most recent call took place just after midnight Nov. 26 at the Maverik Country Store, 1604 W. Main St. A subject wearing dark clothing and wielding a large, SKS-style assault rifle reportedly entered the store.

Surveillance video shows the man approaching the cash register and speaking with the Maverik employee, then standing in front of a tray of money. The suspect fled the scene and has not been apprehended.

And on July 26, an 11-year-old girl on Blackfoot Drive reported that two masked men with guns had entered her house and shot at the roof at about 11 a.m.

Minutes later, an employee at River City Bar, 910 S. Federal Blvd., called to report being robbed at gunpoint by an American Indian man wearing a bandana.

The handgun used on Blackfoot Drive matched the one brandished at River City Bar. Officials said they didn't have enough physical evidence to obtain warrants for their suspects in the case.

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