Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Dunkin' Donuts, Subway Robbed at Gunpoint, Police Hunting for Suspects

Easton police are searching for the man pictured in surveillance camera
footage above in connection with an armed robbery
that took place at the Subway sandwich shop in the city's Downtown
district Tuesday night.
Photo courtesy of the Easton Police Department
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Two popular Easton food venues, one in the West Ward and the other in the center of the Downtown district, were robbed in what appear to be separate incidents Tuesday night, and police are actively searching for suspects.

Police say they received the first call for a hold up in progress at the Dunkin' Donuts located at 1300 Northampton St. just before 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

Police say the robber, described as being a Hispanic man wearing a black hood, red scarf, black pants, and black boots, reportedly entered the store armed with a handgun partially wrapped in a plastic bag and robbed the clerk at gun point. He then fled the store on foot  with an undetermined amount of cash, reportedly heading south on 13th Street.

Upon arrival, police say they immediately began searching for the suspect, but he was not immediately found. Authorities also processed the scene of the crime and collected evidence.

About half an hour later, police were again called for a hold up in progress, this time at the Subway sandwich shop located at 16 North Third St., just before 7:30 p.m.

Police report they found that a black male, wearing a black knit hat, and a black jacket--possibly bearing a "North Face" label with white writing on the front--had robbed the clerk at gunpoint and then fled the store heading west on Church Street with an undetermined amount of cash.

Again, police immediately searched for the suspect but have not yet located him, though in processing the scene evidence was recovered, police said.

No one appears to have been injured in either robbery.

EPD Lt. Matt Gerould said the investigations into both robberies are ongoing.

"The investigation is very active and expected to continue into the night," Gerould said in a media release.
"When additional information is available, we will be sure to pass it on. If anyone (has) seen or knows anything that may help, please notify us immediately."

Anyone with information regarding either of these incidents is encouraged to call Easton police, 610-759-2200, or the EPD tipline, 610-250-6635. Callers may remain anonymous.

Updated on Wednesday, January 29 at 12:08 a.m. to correct the time of the second robbery.

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