A Kroger shopper was robbed at gunpoint Tuesday evening in the south Fayetteville store’s parking lot, but, while the victim says he doesn’t think he was followed to that location, police say they don’t believe this was a random act.
Fayetteville Police Lieutenant Mike Whitlow says officers from his department, as well as the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, were dispatched to the Kroger parking lot at 8:13 p.m. Tuesday and quickly set up a perimeter looking for a still-armed suspect, who was described as being a 20-something black male wearing a black, long-sleeved shirt, low-riding khaki shorts, and green underwear.
The victim told police he was putting groceries into his car when the suspect approached him brandishing a gun and telling him to give him “the store money.” The victim, who is a Fayette County resident, owns a convenience store in Conyers. However, the victim reportedly told the suspect he didn’t have a store deposit on him.
Whitlow said the victim was ordered into the back seat of his vehicle and told to keep his head down while the suspect rooted through the vehicle looking for valuables. Eventually, the suspect told the victim to hand over his wallet, which contained cash and credit cards, and his cell phone, which was recovered still inside the car.
The suspect reportedly then ran from the parking lot northward to the doctors offices adjacent to the Kroger shopping center. As of midday Thursday, the suspect is still on the loose.
“We were there fairly quickly,” Whitlow said. “Wherever he had a car, he had it close by.”
Whitlow said detectives are reviewing video tape from Kroger, as well as from the area of the victim’s convenience store in Conyers.
“We think he probably followed him,” Whitlow said.