APD is seeking community assistance locating a suspect.

Press release from the Asheville Police Department:

Asheville Police Department investigators are asking the public’s help in identifying a man who committed a common law robbery on a shopper in a wheelchair Saturday afternoon.
APD officers responded to the 1600 block of Hendersonville Feb. 19 around 4:20 p.m. to investigate the robbery.  The victim informed officers that when he left the store in his wheelchair, a man offered to help him with his belongings to the parking lot.  He then said that once they were outside, the man grabbed his fanny pack containing money and personal items and ran away.
The victim then told police that he tried following the man in his wheelchair, but the suspect said he had a weapon and that he better leave him alone. 
Officers searched the area, but could not locate the thief.  They did, however, locate evidence related to the robbery, including items belonging to the victim.
The suspect is described as a white male, in his 30’s, and at the time of the crime, was wearing a black/green jacket, green hoodie underneath and black sweatpants.  He should be considered armed.
If anyone has any information about the identity of this suspect, you are encouraged to contact APD at (828) 252-1110.  Or you send an anonymous tip using the TIP2APD smartphone application (search “Asheville PD” in your app store) or by texting TIP2APD to 847411.
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