Local Business Owner Grabs Pistol, Chases Robber

WACO (September 4, 2013)—A Waco business owner grabbed his pistol Wednesday afternoon and tried to chase down a robber after the man held up a neighboring business at knifepoint.

The robbery occurred at around 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Park Lake Gift Shop at 1920 Park Lake Dr.

The female clerk told officers that a man in his 20s entered the store, walked around and then suddenly produced a knife, which he placed to the her throat as he demanded money, police said.

He left the store with an undisclosed amount of cash and headed south on North 20th Street, police said.

The victim’s screams for help got the attention of the owner of the Tobacco Shop next door and he went outside to see what happened.

Armed with a pistol the business owner, who wasn’t identified, ran after the robber who produced what appeared to be a pistol and pointed it at the Good Samaritan.

The robber got into the passenger side of a black Mitsubishi that was parked on the roadside next to Bush’s Chicken in the 3600 block of North 19th Street.

The vehicle was last seen headed south on 19th Street, police said.

The robber was black with what police described as a very dark complexion, in his 20s, stood about 6-feet tall, weighed about 250 pounds and was wearing a black T-shirt and blue jeans.

Investigators are asking anyone with information to call the Waco Police Department at (254) 756-7500 or Waco Crime Stoppers at (254) 753-HELP.