The clerk at a Kennewick convenience store handed over money and cigarettes Tuesday evening after a masked man approached the cash register and pointed a gun at her, police said.
The robber left Mr. E's and sped away in what witnesses described as a late 1990s Mitsubishi Eclipse, according to a Kennewick police news release.
The suspect in the 7:24 p.m. incident hadn't been caught as of late Tuesday night, and authorities said he should be considered armed and dangerous.
Kennewick patrol officers and detectives responded to the 325 S. Union St. store for reports of an armed robbery.
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The cashier said a man entered the store, pointed a gun at her and demanded money and cigarettes, Detective Ron Salter said in the news release. She reportedly handed over the items, and he left.
Witnesses in the area told officers they saw a man run from the store and get into a Mitsubishi Eclipse, possibly silver, that was parked next to the business.
He sped off eastbound on Fourth Avenue, the witnesses told police.
The suspect is described as a light-skin black man, about 6 feet tall, chubby build with what appeared to be a mole under his left eye, Salter said. He was wearing a hooded blue sweatshirt, a red bandanna over his face and black gym shorts.
Anyone with information about the robbery should contact the Kennewick Police Department at 628-0333, or Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers at 586-8477, 800-222-8477 or go to tricitiescrimestoppers.org.