Man with pistol takes $20K from employee opening cash checking store

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

CHANDLER, Ariz. – A man armed with a pistol made off with nearly $20,000 in cash as a check cashing store was opening for business.

The situation began as an armed robbery at the Superstar check cashing store located near 35th Avenue and it ended as a shoot-out in a Phoenix neighborhood. The suspect allegedly fired shots as a witness was trying to follow him.

Police say a man waving a pistol robbed an employee carrying thousands of dollars in cash.

Phoenix Police Sgt. Dave Saflar says the employee was opening the store for the day. He was walking in with nearly $20,000 in cash when the suspect demanded the money bag.

The victim says the man who robbed him was black and took off running down the street. He also tells 3TV another man was waiting for him in a car and the two of them fled the scene.

The suspect allegedly started firing his gun as a witness tried to chase them. Sgt. Saflar tells 3TV, “Yeah, he's a bad guy. We need to find him."

As for the employee, he says he has never experienced anything like this before but he says the important part is that he is okay.

3TV is told the suspect is described as a black man about 6 feet tall. He was last seen wearing a yellow shirt and left the scene in a dark green or black Chevy Monte Carlo.

If you have any information on the robbery, you are asked to call police.