Police investigating armed robbery, kidnapping at SLC convenience store

Jan 9, 2022, 5:03 PM | Updated: 9:42 pm

SALT LAKE CITY — Police are searching for a man who they say robbed a Salt Lake City convenience store while armed and briefly held a customer hostage Sunday afternoon.

The incident occurred at a Walgreens, located at 531 East 400 South, around 1:45 p.m.

Officials with the Salt Lake City Police Department said multiple officers were called out to the area to investigate. They secured the building and began to search for the suspect, but were unsuccessful in locating him.

“During their investigation, officers learned the suspect briefly held a customer at knifepoint and demanded cash from a store employee,” read a press release from the Salt Lake City Police Department.

Police said the suspect took off after the store employee handed over “an undisclosed amount of cash.”

The suspect is described as a white man in his late 30s, early 40s. He is 5 feet 6 inches tall, with a light build, and was described by witnesses as wearing a blue mask, a red t-shirt with black long sleeves underneath and blue jeans.

“The person held hostage did not suffer any physical injuries. The SLCPD is working with the victim to offer victim advocacy and support,” the press release stated.

Anyone with information has been asked to call 801-799-3000 and reference case number 22-5124.

No pictures or video of the suspect was immediately available.

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