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Search for armed robber continues as leads pour in to police investigators

By Sarah Smith

Park Rapids police continue to work leads in the case of an armed robbery at a convenience store Oct. 17 and interview potential suspects.

The investigation has even led to a neighboring county, Police Chief Terry Eilers said. But lately the focus is back to locals.

A robber dressed in dark clothing used a sawed off shotgun to take $200 from the Holiday Station Store in Park Rapids. The clerk handed over the cash register’s drawer.

Eilers said the drawer was later recovered a couple miles north of Park Rapids and is being processed for DNA.

The chief doubts fingerprints will be retrieved.

“He was wearing gloves, unless he took a glove off and was playing with it a bit.”

The suspect is described as being around 5-feet tall, maybe an inch of two taller, with a penchant for Michael Jordan clothing.

He was believed to have spoken with an Asian accent. The clerk was not injured in the heist but was badly shaken up, Eilers said.

It was the first armed robbery in recent memory of a Park Rapids business.

“There’s a few people talking,” the chief said. “Yesterday I got a tip…”

The caller mentioned a name authorities were already looking into, Eilers said.

“It’s a matter of tracking some of these guys down,” he added. “Like usual when the (stuff) hits someplace, they’re hard to find when you want to find them.”

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.

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