7-Eleven robbery in Jamestown, armed suspect at large

JAMESTOWN – Local 7-Eleven stores can’t seem to catch a break as yet another was robbed Wednesday morning by a knife-wielding suspect still at large.

According to Jamestown Police, the latest robbery occurred shortly after 3 a.m., when a man wearing a dark-colored ski mask entered the 7-Eleven, located at 1011 E. Second St., with a knife and demanded cash.

The man reportedly grabbed an entire cash drawer from the store’s register before fleeing on foot.

He is described as a dark-skinned male in his 20s, standing roughly 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing about 150-160 pounds. He was wearing a long-sleeve red shirt with gray gym shorts.

Police are hoping someone will recognize the distinctive design printed on the suspect’s red shirt.

Anyone who may have information on this robbery or who may recognize the shirt that the suspect is wearing is asked to contact the Jamestown Police Department at 483-7537, or the Anonymous Tip Line at 483-8477(TIPS). All calls will be kept confidential.

Local 7-Eleven stores are apparently prime targets for suspects keen on quick cash.

On Aug. 10 at 12:50 a.m., a knife-wielding suspect entered the 7-Eleven, located at 340 Allen St., and ordered an employee to open the cash register. After stealing money and locking the employee into a back room, he reportedly nabbed some Newport King Menthol cigarettes.

The suspect is described as a short, young, Hispanic male – 5 feet 3 inches to 5 feet 5 inches tall. Police said he speaks broken English and was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt with dark pants. The suspect also wore dark-colored shoes with a white design and white trim and soles.

According to Captain Robert F. Samuelson, division commander of the Jamestown Police Department, there may be a connection between the two aforementioned incidents.

“Based on the clothing – the shoes specifically – the height and the (mode of operation) with the mask and the knife and the target being a 7-Eleven after hours … they both seem to match,” Samuelson said. “But we’re still working on confirming that.”

An earlier – and likely unrelated – armed robbery of the East Second Street 7-Eleven occurred on April 1, when a male suspect reportedly pulled out a pistol and demanded cash from the store’s two employees.

He is believed to be a 6-foot to 6-foot-2-inch black man with a thin build, police said. No other leads are available in this particular incident, according to Samuelson.

On March 24, the 7-Eleven, located at Sixth and Main streets, was allegedly robbed by Thomas W. Lawson, a 23-year-old Jamestown man who was later found and charged a week later.

Lawson had entered the store at 5:41 a.m., wearing tan Carhartt overalls, an orange-colored bandana over his face and blue latex gloves.

Samuelson said it was the design on Lawson’s sweatshirt, captured on surveillance video at a later CVS robbery, that led to a tip pointing toward Lawson and his former 29 N. Main St. business, Van’s Texas Hots.

“The key here is if somebody can tell us about (the suspect’s) shirt because we have solved prior robberies based on clothing,” he said.

Samuelson further stated that enforcement of local 7-Eleven stores is not going to let up.

“Our patrols are very aware of what’s going on especially in the after hours,” he said. “All of these 7-Elevens are located on what we consider main thoroughfares … they get double the amount of patrols … not only by our agencies but by other agencies. But when somebody is waiting to (rob a store), they’re probably watching it, and so they’re not going to (go in) if one of our cars is there driving by. It looks like some thought is being put into this.”