HOWELL – Howell Police are asking the public for help in identifying an armed robbery suspect who targeted “The Check Cashing Station” in Howell on the morning of May 1.
The robbery was reported to Howell Police Communications from a store employee who was working by himself. The suspect lured the employee out of the locked office area while engaging him in conversation. He then pulled out a semi-automatic handgun, demanding the employee grant him access into the locked office area, according to police.
The employee was forced into the bathroom while the suspect stole a significant sum of cash from the store. The suspect quickly fled the scene, heading north on Route 9 in a white 2004-2007 Ford Econoline. The employee then called 9-1-1.
Police reported that no injuries occurred during the robbery.
The suspect was described as a white male wearing sunglasses, a hooded sweatshirt, and a multi-colored bandanna around his neck, around 40-50 years old, approximately 5’ 6”, medium build with short gray hair and a scruffy beard.
Howell Police recently released a photo on social media of a white Ford F250 pickup truck as a possible suspect vehicle. While it was found that this vehicle was not the one in question, the driver is being sought as a potential witness.
The Howell Police Department Investigations Division continues to investigate the incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Anthony Romano #605 at 732-938-4575 ext. 2879 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Anonymous tips can also be provided via our anonymous tip line, p3tips.com.