Police search for armed robbery suspect

By Frank Lewis

May 1, 2014

By Frank Lewis


Portsmouth Police are looking for help from the public in identifying the man who robbed the Portsmouth McDonald’s restaurant in the early morning hours on Thursday. Police say the man forced his way into the restaurant through the back door and was brandishing a gun at the time.

Portsmouth Police Detective Steve Brewer said a patrol unit received a report around 2 a.m. of an armed robbery in progress at McDonald’s, 2624 Gallia St., in Portsmouth.

“A black male wearing all black entered the restaurant; brandished a handgun and forced them to open the safe,” Brewer told the Daily Times. “The suspect was described as wearing black colored clothing and a ski mask. The suspect is considered armed and dangerous. He was last seen running from the restaurant in a westbound direction with an unknown amount of money.”

Police did not report any injuries among the employees who were working at the time. However, Detective Andy Dawes said employees were ordered by the robber to lie down on the floor.

Brewer said anyone with information about the robbery should call Detective Steve Brewer at 740-354-1600, or 740-353-4101. He said the calls can be kept confidential.

Frank Lewis can be reached at 740-353-3101, Ext. 252, or on Twitter @FrankLewispdt.