Holland public safety officers were called to the station, 1149 S. Washington Ave., at 10:45 p.m. to investigate an armed robbery that had just occurred, said Capt. Jack Dykstra.
“The suspect walked into the store brandishing a black semi-automatic handgun, and grabbed the store employee by the hair and pulled her over to the cash register and forcing her to open the cash drawer,” Dykstra said. “The suspect took an undetermined amount of cash from the drawer and fled on foot.”
An Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department K-9 team assisted in the search. Dykstra said the track led to an area where the suspect is believed to have left in a vehicle.
Key clothing items the suspect discarded were located along the track in a dumpster, he said. Those items were recovered and will be sent to the Michigan State Police lab for testing.
The suspect is a tall black man between the ages of 18 and 30, muscular build, wearing black shorts, a gray shirt and baseball cap, with a black shirt covering his face.
Police are also hoping to contact a potential witness — a driver of an older red pickup truck who pulled into the gas station during the robbery.
Anyone who has information about this case is asked to contact the Holland Department of Public Safety at 616-355-1100 or the detectives at 616-355-1150. People also may e-mail investigators at email@example.com.