Police searching for suspect in late-night robbery

Wednesday, January 28, 2009 | 10:55 a.m. CST; updated 4:07 p.m. CST, Wednesday, January 28, 2009

COLUMBIA — A 19-year-old woman was robbed at 10 p.m. Tuesday on the 200 block of Unity Drive, said Sgt. Roger Allen of the Columbia Police Department.

A man, whom the victim had met just before the robbery, approached her with a black semi-automatic handgun and demanded money. The victim tried to stall, but the suspect snatched her purse and ran away, Allen said.

Police are still searching for a suspect in the incident. The man was described as about 5 feet 9 inches tall, of medium build and in his mid 20s, Allen said. At the time of the robbery, he was wearing a tan jacket with a dark hooded sweatshirt and colored baggy jeans.

The Columbia Police Department asks that anyone with information submit his or her tip on the CrimeStoppers Web site or call 875-TIPS. People who give tips can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,500 for information leading to an arrest.


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