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No arrests yet in drive-thru coffee stand robbery

Police say they are still actively investigating leads from public

Posted: August 29, 2013 - 12:08am

Police said Wednesday no arrests have been made yet in connection to the armed robbery at the Heritage Coffee drive-thru stand near the airport.

Police would not say if they have identified a person of interest or suspect in the case, citing concerns of adversely affecting the investigation.

“At this point, we’re not ready to release any information like that,” Juneau Police Department spokesman Lt. David Campbell said in an interview.

Leads from the public have flowed in after police put out a description of the suspect, who allegedly entered the stand through the rear door at about 10 a.m., flashed a weapon and demanded money from the baristas.

Police said the man made off on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash despite the fact that responding officers swarmed the area within five minutes of receiving the 911 call and then searched the surrounding perimeter for about 30 minutes.

A 29-year-old woman and a 22-year-old man were working in the stand, located in the 9100 block of Glacier Highway, at the time of the incident. The victim reported to police that the man threatened her with “some sort of tool,” Campbell said. He said he couldn’t be more specific than that.

Campbell said detectives have received leads from a variety of sources including the people involved, multiple witnesses and the general public. They are all still being investigated, he said.

He said he could not say whether the shack had video surveillance cameras which may aid the investigation, again citing the ongoing investigation.

“I’m not going to get that specific because I don’t want to hamper the investigation. We’re actively working leads. At this point in time, we can’t say,” he said.

Police said the baristas escaped the incident unharmed, and no injuries were reported.

According to their press release, the suspect was described as a white man in his early to mid-20s, 5’8” to 6’1” tall with a skinny build, short clean-cut black hair and a black goatee. He was wearing black skinny jeans, a black sweatshirt, black gloves with yellow markings, black shoes and sunglasses.

Anyone with information is asked to call JPD at 586-0600.

• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.

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