Armed robbery reported outside Columbia Public Library

Thursday, October 18, 2012 | 3:27 p.m. CDT; updated 3:52 p.m. CDT, Thursday, October 18, 2012

COLUMBIA — A man has reported he was the victim of an armed robbery as he was leaving the Columbia Public Library on Wednesday night.

According to a news release from the Columbia Police Department, a 21-year-old man was approached in the south Columbia Public Library parking lot by a man with a handgun around 6:10 p.m. The man forced the victim to drive to his bank on Stadium Boulevard to retrieve money from the ATM, according to the release.

The victim was then forced to drive to Wilkes and Seventh Street, where the man with the handgun got out of the vehicle and left on foot.  

Police described the suspect as a 5'10", 250 lb-black man in his mid 20s with short hair, glasses and a tattoo on the left side of his neck. He was last seen wearing a gray, hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans. 

Mitzi St. John, public relations manager with the library, said there are surveillance cameras inside the library and in the north parking lot, but not in the south parking lot. As of Thursday afternoon, St. John couldn't say if cameras would be installed in the south parking lot.     

Supervising editor is Alison Matas.

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