Smithfield Police are searching for a suspect wanted for an attempted robbery in the parking lot of a business on Venture Drive. Around 1:00am Sunday, officers were called after a large crowd had gathered in the parking lot of the Hooka House.
As police were arriving on the scene, a fight broke out among several individuals. One of the suspects ran to a car and retrieved a rifle, but when they saw the responding police officers dropped the weapon and fled on foot, according to Police Captain R.K. Powell.
A victim later came forward alleging the suspect with the rifle had attempted to rob her.
Police seized the rifle along with 1.1 gram of suspected marijuana and 2.9 grams of suspected crack cocaine. Captain Powell said the incident remains under investigation.