Two men who robbed a local pizza store at gunpoint are being sought by Hope police.
Two men who robbed a local pizza store at gunpoint are being sought by Hope police. HPD Assistant Chief Kim Tomlin said the two men are still at large, and she cautioned that anyone having information concerning the two suspects should contact the HPD immediately. “The suspects are described as both wearing all black clothing and black gloves,” Tomlin said. “Suspect one was described as being a black male approximately 5 feet, 6 inches tall, slender, wearing a brown mask covering all of his face except his eyes. “Suspect two was described as being a black male, approximately 6 feet tall, stocky in build, wearing a black mask covering all of his face except his eyes,” she said. “Anyone having information about this crime should contact Detective Todd Lauterbach at 870-722-2576.” Tomlin said the robbery occurred about 9:30 p.m. on Jan. 23 at the Domino's Pizza store at 1002 S. Main St., and HPD officers responded to a robbery in progress call at that address. “Upon arrival, officers were told that two black male subjects, one armed with a revolver type handgun and the other armed with what was believed to be an automatic handgun, entered the business and ordered one of the employees to get against a wall,” she said. “The employee attempted to grab the weapon and a physical confrontation ensued.” Tomlin said that, at that point, the weapon discharged, but the two men continued the struggle through the doorway to the business and into the parking area outside. “The two continued to struggle through a door to the outside of the business where the suspect began yelling for the employee to let him go because he was 'hurt' and because he had been 'hit,'” she said. Tomlin said this morning that no evidence has been developed to determine that the suspect had, in fact, been injured by gunfire. “The employee released the suspect and the suspect pointed the handgun at the employee and the weapon 'clicked' several times,” she said. “The suspect then ran west from the business on foot.” Tomlin said the other suspect had confronted the other employees inside the business and fled once he realized the other suspect was no longer at the scene. “Both suspects ran toward the dead end located in the 200 block of West 10th Street,” she said.