Posted at: 08/23/2013 4:46 PM
Can you help police make an arrest in a robbery that happened at the downtown branch of the public library?
Investigators want to know if you can identify this man they believe attacked an older man in the library restroom and stealing his money.
The public library isn't a place where we routinely hear of this type of thing happening. It was Wednesday, just after 5 p.m. when a 70-year-old man went into the restroom of the main library on South Avenue downtown.
He was followed in by the suspect who then began to punch and kick the victim. The older gentleman was wearing a fanny pack and the robber took that from him. In it were $400 and a flip-phone.
The library does have surveillance cameras and they were able to capture this image of the man leaving the restroom. The picture is not the best of quality but police believe the man is between 18 and 25 years old. He was wearing a grey short sleeve shirt, a black sleeveless hoodie, black shorts with white trim and grey sneakers. Police say the victim was unable to provide much more additional information.
We have placed calls to library staff to try to learn more about the security measures in place at the downtown library but have not yet heard back.
The victim was not seriously injured but did suffer a cut to his head after being pushed to the ground.
Police are trying to determine if the man was targeted before he went into the library, perhaps followed from an ATM or somewhere where the suspect would have known that the man was carrying a lot of cash.
If you think you know who the robber is, police are asking you to contact 911.