Police: Robber hit woman working at Henrico mall with gun

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HENRICO COUNTY, Va. – Henrico Police are looking for a gunman accused of hitting a woman in the head with a handgun during a robbery at Virginia Center Commons Mall.

The crime occurred at Hot Topic, a store inside the Brook Road mall, on Tuesday, October 2 at approximately 8:15 p.m.

"For somebody to carry a firearm into the mall, first of all, that’s alarming," pastor Clay Cofield, whose Spirit of Fire Cathedral recently opened near the Henrico mall, said. "And then secondly to actually pistol whip somebody and rob them and get away completely from the mall without being apprehended at all, that’s alarming."

Police said the robber entered the business, pulled out a handgun, and struck the female employee in the head while he demanded cash from her. The woman suffered a minor injury that did not require medical attention, Henrico Police Lt. Lauren Hummel said.

The suspect was captured on surveillance video before the robbery. He was described as a 5’5” to 5’7” tall black male.

"Most people who are doing that, there’s a depravity somewhere in their life, somebody has not mentored them, somebody has not given them instruction," Pastor Cofield said. "I think we as leaders in the community need to start going back into the community and giving that kind of leadership."

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Henrico Police is seeking the public's help in identifying the suspect. Anyone with information is asked to contact Henrico Police at 804-501-5000 or Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000. Citizens can also download the “P3 Tips” app to their mobile devices and submit their tip. Both Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

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