Man robs Cricket store, kidnaps employee

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX – Police are searching for a suspect who robbed a Cricket phone store and kidnapped one of the employees.

The suspect entered the Cricket store at 35th Avenue and Van Buren Street in Phoenix at 1:08 p.m. Monday. According to police, he demanded money from the registers and safe while holding the victims at gunpoint.

The suspect forced the employees to the back room where he demanded money and cell phones from the safe then tied them up, according to Phoenix police spokesman and Silent Witness coordinator Sgt. Darren Burch.

The suspect then kidnapped one of the employees and stole his car. He later released the victim and the car was recovered.

The suspect is described as a dark-skinned Hispanic male, 5 feet 4 inches to 5 feet 6 inches tall and 200 pounds. He had a buzz cut, a small amount of facial hair and spoke Spanish.

Police released surveillance video on Friday.

Silent Witness is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest.

Anyone with information about this armed robbery is asked to contact Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS or silentwitness.org.