Authorities still investigating armed robbery reported near Village Pantry

The woman who reportedly robbed a Village Pantry at gunpoint early Friday morning was still on the run as of Friday afternoon, authorities said.

The suspect, a woman clad in all black clothing and white shoes, entered the convenience store at the corner of 12th Street and Indiana Avenue around 5:30 a.m. Friday, Bloomington Police Department Lt. John Kovach said.

The woman hit the store clerk in the head with her black semi-automatic handgun. She demanded money, took the cash — an undisclosed amount — and fled in the east direction, toward IU’s campus.

The clerk immediately called police. During the robbery, he suffered a laceration to the head and later received on-site medical treatment, Kovach said.

At about 6 a.m., Indiana University Police Department officers assisted in the investigation by creating a 5- to 6-block perimeter around the Village Pantry while BPD’s K-9 unit searched for the woman, Kovach said.

The woman was not found.

IUPD put out a safety alert to students because the suspect ran toward campus, IUPD Lt. Craig Munroe said.

Students received notice from the campus alert system around 6 a.m. Friday, and were instructed to stay inside or take immediate shelter. At 6:40 a.m., students were notified to resume normal activity but remain vigilant while the investigation continued.

BPD said officers believe the suspect is between 5-foot-7 and 5-foot-9 in height. She wore a black zip-up hoodie with the drawstrings cinched around her face, black gloves and black sweatpants.

Her race and age were unknown.

This investigation is ongoing. Anyone with any information on the case should contact BPD.

Hannah Alani

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