ASHEVILLE, NC (FOX Carolina) – Officers need your help finding a man who they say assaulted a grocery store employee while holding him at gunpoint during a robbery, according to the Asheville Police Department.
The incident happened at the Ingles at 915 Merrimon Ave. around 6:13 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, according to the department.
Police said an Ingles employee was walking into work when the man approached him from behind holding a gun.
The robber then dragged the employee behind the building and began hitting him in the face with his fist, according to police.
The employee was able to get away from the robber, however, and ran towards the fuel pumps.
As the employee was running, the robber fired his gun several times.
When officers got to the store, they couldn’t find the robber who was last seen walking northbound on Merrimon Avenue.
Police say they’re looking for a black man who is tall, has a thin build, wearing an orange shirt covered up by a black hoodie, blue camouflage pants and wearing a face mask.
If you know anything about the incident, you’re asked to text TIP2APD to 847411 or by calling 828-252-1110.