Police: Victim Followed From Grocery Store And Robbed

Smithfield Police are encouraging citizens to be aware of your surroundings after a man was followed from a local grocery store and robbed at gunpoint.  The crime happened around 2:40pm Tuesday, Sept. 22nd.

A 36 year-old Smithfield man left a local grocery store and was walking home when he was held at gunpoint near the intersection of Third Street and E. Parker Street and robbed of an undisclosed amount of money.

Police believe the victim was followed by the suspect as he left the grocery store.  The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his 30’s, 5 foot tall, 120 pounds, wearing blue jeans and a blue hooded sweatshirt. He was armed with a black handgun.

Captain R. Sheppard said detectives are following up on a few leads in the case.  At last report, no arrest had not been made.  The robbery victim was not physically injured. Police did not release the name of the grocery store.

Officers say it’s important to know your surroundings at all times and don’t get distracted.  Trust your instincts and if you feel uncomfortable in a situation try to leave.  If followed, call 911.