November 1, 2011 in City

Robber holds up grocery store at knife point

By The Spokesman-Review

A masked man robbed several cashiers at knife point at the Safeway on Northwest Boulevard this evening.

Witnesses said the man put a knife to at least two cashiers’ throats and demanded money about 5 p.m. before fleeing north down Maple Street on foot.

Three men gave chase to the man, who got into a getaway car parked on West York Avenue, witnesses said.

Rick Foxley, 53, was one of them men who chased the robber, and said the man pulled off his face mask before getting into the car. Foxley said he and the others were able to get a good look at the man’s face take down the car’s license plate number.

William McCreight, who was at the store buying a bottle of wine, said he “was going to bust him in the head with a wine bottle” but the man fled before he could get to him. McCreight described the man as mixed-race, 6 feet 3 inches tall, 180 pounds, and having a “lazy eye.”

A Safeway manager said she could not comment on the robbery.

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