7-11 robbery south hill

Update, March 25, 9 a.m.: Spokane Police have provided more information on a South Hill robbery suspect being taken into custody Wednesday morning.

According to SPD, a man walked into the 7-11 store on the 2800 block of E. 30th Ave. and took things without paying. It was reported to SPD that when employees attempted to contact him in order to stop, he displayed a "black handgun" and told them he would shoot them before fleeing on foot.

Patrol officers responded and set up a perimeter before tracking with a K9 officer, and additionally deployed a drone overwatch.

Some alert citizens told officeers int he area about some movement of the suspect, and the K9 located the suspect near the Applebee's restaurant on 29th Ave. He was taken into custody without incident and SPD said he did not have a firearm in his possession.

"The SPD would like to thank the citizens that provided information which helped lead to the capture of the suspect," SPD said in a release.

The investigation is continuing, and anyone with information regarding the incident who hasn't spoken to law enforcement is encouraged to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.

Update: Police say they have taken a suspect into custody from a robbery earlier Wednesday morning at a South Hill 7-11 store.

SPD says there was no weapon found on the man when they took him into custody in the area of 29th Ave., about a mile from the 7-11 he had taken food items from before pulling a gun on the store clerk.

Police say some citizens recognized the subject after descriptions were provided during local newscasts Wednesday morning.

The investigation is ongoing.

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SPOKANE, Wash - Police are searching for a suspect after they say he robbed a convenience store on the South Hill Wednesday morning.

According to Spokane Police, a man went into the 7-11 on Regal & 30th around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, took some food items and pulled a handgun on the clerk. The suspect then fled the store.

Police have set up a perimeter with K9 units in the area and their weapons drawn.

The suspect is described as: "5-5 black male, 200 pounds, short hair, some facial hair, dark grey t-shirt and blue shorts."