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Armed man forces way into Forman Mills in Cleveland, tries to get manager to open safe

October 9, 2018

Armed man forces way into Forman Mills in Cleveland, tries to get manager to open safe

CLEVELAND, Ohio – An armed man ambushed two employees as they opened a Cleveland department store and tried to force them to open a safe, police reports say.

The robber did not steal anything during the attempted robbery at Forman Mills on Superior Avenue at Lakeview Road, according to a police report. He ran from the store after a panic alarm sounded.

No arrests have been made in the case, police said.

A 38-year-old manager arrived at the store just before 6 a.m. Thursday and met a 59-year-old employee outside. The manager was unlocking the main entrance when the robber, who’d been hiding near the store, jumped out and pulled a handgun from his waistband, the police report says.

The robber told the manager to open the door. He also told the employee to keep his hands by his sides.

The suspect forced the manager and the employee into the store, and ordered the manager to turn off the security alarm. The manager told the employee that she didn’t know the code, but he pointed the gun at her head and told her “don’t play with me,” police reports say.

The robber then ordered the manager to take him to a safe. The manager unlocked the door to the room where the safe is located, but she ran inside and locked it behind her, police reports say.

The robber turned and pointed the gun at the 59-year-old employee as a panic alarm started to sound. The robber paced around the store for a moment, then ran from the store, police reports say.

The robber did not take anything from the store, police reports say.

The manager could not pull security video of the incident but contacted Forman Mills’ loss prevention office to report the robbery.

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