Cash taken, shot fired during Clifton robbery

Published 12:26 pm Wednesday, February 13, 2019

The evening of Saturday, Feb. 9, the Dollar General store on Highway 25 in the Clifton community of Washington Parish was robbed by a male who entered the business with a pistol drawn, according to Chief Deputy Mike Haley of the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Haley said that the robber demanded cash, then fired a round from his pistol into a wall of the store when he felt the cashier was taking too long to produce money. He did escape with an undetermined amount of cash.

Haley said that the robber appeared to be a male who had covered his face. He wore a long sleeve pullover shirt, possibly Adidas brand, which had a light colored stripe on the sleeves. In addition, he wore mis-matched gloves, one fluorescent yellow and the other black, Haley said.

Store surveillance cameras captured images of the robber. Any person who may be able to identify him is asked to call the WPSO detective division at 985-661-2024.

Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal commented on the incident.

“This senseless robbery could have had a tragic ending,” he said. “Anytime a weapon is produced and discharged during the commission of a crime, there is the possibility of someone being seriously injured. Thankfully, in this situation, the store employee escaped injury.

“I strongly encourage anyone with possible knowledge about this crime to contact our detective division so that we can track down and capture this individual.”