UPDATE: Police searching for suspect of armed robbery

Published on Wednesday, 25 September 2013 21:35 - Written by From Staff Reports

Tyler police are asking the public for help in identifying a man who robbed a South Tyler store Wednesday afternoon.

The robbery occurred at 3:17 p.m. at the Cash only Store in the 200 block of Rice Road, near the intersection of Rice and Old Bullard roads, Tyler police said. 

The robber was described as a 5-foot-4-inch tall black male with a skinny build. He is around 30 years old, has tattoos on both arms and was wearing a black ball cap, a gray sweatshirt hanging around his neck, a black t-shirt and baggy blue jeans. He carried a black and silver semiautomatic handgun.

Tyler police spokesman Don Martin said the robber took an undetermined amount of cash. No one was injured in the robbery. 

In response to the incident, Tyler ISD had a police officer monitor the nearby Rice Elementary School where students had already left for the day.  

TISD spokeswoman Dawn Parnell said the district also closed the exterior gates at Robert E. Lee High School, closed Red Raider Drive, which runs between the campus and nearby businesses, and had police officers monitor the campus. 

The incident remains under investigation, and anyone with information about the man nad robbery is asked to contact the Tyler Police Department, at 903-531-1000, or Crimestoppers at 903-597-CUFF (903-597-2833).  

Crimestoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest and charges filed against the suspects in this case or any felony case.