Police Seek Info in Robbery

Police are asking the public for help in identifying an armed person who reportedly robbed a resident at 2603 Warwood Ave. shortly after 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Deputy Chief Martin Kimball said the assailant entered the home through a rear door and accosted two people in the home.

“He ordered one of the victims to get on the floor, ran upstairs and out the front door with a little more than $1,000 cash,” Kimball said. “He ran south on Warwood Avenue, then went right on 26th Street.”

He said the robber did not threaten or harm either of the two robbery victims.

“He seems to have disappeared,” Kimball said. “We … have not developed any suspect or motive. We are calling on the public to help us out. Somebody had to have seen something up there.”

Police searched the jogging trail near North 26th Street looking for a suspect described as a white man, about 5-feet 11-inches tall, dressed in black and wearing a ski mask. The victim said the man was armed with a black pistol.

Warwood Elementary and Corpus Christi Parish schools went on lockdown as the search continued. State Police and Ohio County Sheriff’s Department deputies aided in the search.

Following the robbery, David Bumgardner, who lives next door to the home, said he was awoken after hearing a neighbor yelling for help.

He said when he got to his door the suspect was running south on Warwood Avenue past his residence dressed in all black and wearing what looked like a Halloween mask covering his face.

“He ran straight down to 25th Street at least on this front street – so somebody had to have seen him running,” Bumgardner said.

He said one of the residents who lives in the house where the robbery took place appeared to be very “scared” or “shook up.” He said it didn’t take police officers long to arrive on the scene following the incident.

“They were here five minutes after it happened,” he said.

Bumgardner said he would have run after the suspect, but he was not wearing shoes at the time.

“I wish I could have helped them more,” he added.

Staff Writer Scott McCloskey contributed to this story.