DECATUR, Ga. - Witnesses tell FOX 5 they watched a gunman run from Downtown Decatur into surrounding neighborhoods, frightening local residents as officers set up a perimeter and used K9s to search for the man.
Police said around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, a robber held up the Sprint store located on the 400 block of Ponce de Leon, ordering workers to hand over Apple phones. Police said the robber took off with a bag of Apple products and fled towards Northern Avenue.
Store workers tell FOX 5 the man could have easily been seen by the dozens of people walking the street, sitting outside at coffee shops or the pub across the street where hundreds were watching the live World Cup matches.
Police surrounded the area, even utilizing a K-9 to search the scene and local neighborhoods for the gunman.
"I checked the garage, checked everything to make sure he wasn't around," said one concerned neighbor, who told FOX 5 he locked his doors after police conducted their search.
Residents and workers tell FOX 5, they are surprised the robber could be so bold.
Broad daylight-- out in the open. He could have been seen, stopped, anything," said Kashauna Taylor, a store worker next door to the robbery in the same shopping center who made sure to shut the door right after the robbery. "He could have come in here," she said.
Police describe the gunman as a black male with a light complexion, mid-late 20’s, thin build, approximately 5’10” and 150 pounds. He was wearing a royal blue baseball cap, black face mask, long sleeve gray shirt with white logo, disposable gloves, black pants, black shoes, carrying a red bag with a white drawstring and armed with a black semi-automatic handgun.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Decatur Police Inv. Hensel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 678-553-6687. Tipsters can also contact Crime Stoppers Greater Atlanta at 404 577-TIPS (8477).