By MELINDA WILLIAMS
Radford City authorities are seeking the public’s help in identifying a man who showed a clerk a firearm when confronted for allegedly shoplifting an item from the Tyler Avenue 7 Eleven store early Saturday.
Police were summoned to the 320 Tyler Ave. store just after 2 a.m. Saturday when a store employee confronted a male in a parking lot after the suspect allegedly shoplifted an item from the store.
According to Radford City Lt. Andy Wilburn, the employee recovered the allegedly shoplifted item and told the suspect to return to the store and wait for the police to arrive.
“The male (suspect) pulled up his shirt, showing the handle of a firearm in his waistband,” said Wilburn.
“The employee went back into the store without any further incident and the male (suspect) left. The gun was not pointed at the employee and the employee was not hurt.”
The suspect is described as an African-American male, 20-25 years of age, wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt, grey pants, tennis shoes, and possibly a red hat. The suspect was accompanied by three other African-American males described as:
•20-25 years of age, blue jeans, red short-sleeve shirt, long dreadlocks, and a toboggan with a white ball
•20-28 years of age, wearing black pants, plaid shirt, black toboggan.
•20-25 years of age, dark skinned, and wearing black hooded sweatshirt and red hat,
Anyone having information about this incident or the suspects’ identities, please call the Radford City Police Department’s crime tip line. 731-5040.