Conway police are asking for the public's help in identifying a man suspected of robbing a tobacco store at gunpoint last month.
Surveillance photos showing the suspect have been released as authorities work to identify the man who reportedly pointed a gun at a 19-year-old Tobacco Warehouse employee on Oct. 19.
Conway Police Department spokesman LaTresha Woodruff said while authorities realize the images captured by surveillance cameras are not clear, local police are hoping the community is able to help identify the suspect in this case.
"We realize the pictures are not great quality," she said, adding that authorities know the suspect is a white man.
Records show CPD was paged out to the tobacco store at 1825 shortly after 8 p.m. Oct. 19 after an employee told police on the night in question that he walked to the front of the store when he heard the doorbell ring and was met by a man with a gun.
″[The 19-year-old employee] stated that he was in the back of the store when he heard the automatic doorbell go off,” officer Frankie L. Henderson, who responded to the store Friday, wrote in his report. ”[The teen] said he came from the back, and there was a male pointing a gun at him ... [and] the male demanded he open the drawer and give him all the money from the cash register.”
As soon as the employee handed the money to the man who reportedly threatened him at gunpoint, the suspect shoved the money in his pockets and fled, according to the report.
″[The employee] stated that he gave the male the cash out of the drawer and the male put the cash in his pockets,” the report states. “The male then told [the 19-year-old employee] to lay on the ground or he would kill him. He [then] exited the store in an unknown direction.”
The 19-year-old described the suspect as a 6-foot tall white man who had a “skinny build.”
The 19-year-old employee also told authorities the suspect was wearing a ski mask, a hoodie and black “winter-style” gloves.
CPD spokesman Chris Harris previously told the Log Cabin that no one was injured during the armed robbery and that authorities are actively investigating the incident.
Now that surveillance photos are available, police are asking anyone who recognized the suspect to come forward.
"Perhaps you recognize the clothing," Woodruff said. "If you have any information on this case, please call Detective [Jimmy] Weser at 450-6130 or text [an] anonymous tip to CRIMES (274-637) [using] the keyword 'Conway' plus your tip. Thanks in advance for your help."