Armed Robber Storms Marc’s Store, Assaults Manager

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WILLOUGHBY HILLS, Ohio -- Police are looking for an armed robber who burst into a Marc's grocery store in Willoughby Hills after closing Tuesday night, ordering employees to the ground and assaulting the store manager while trying to get to the safe.

"I'm very surprised this happened around here ... shocking, actually," said Marc’s shopper Paul Pestello.

The manager told police he believes the gunman got in through an unlocked exit door, according to the police report.

The manager said he was in the produce section pushing carts when he saw the gunman near two other employees in the pharmacy section.

The masked gunman told two employees to get on the ground, then went for him, yelling, “Take me to the money room,” according to the police report.

The gunman then hit the manager in the back of the head, grabbed him by the collar and dragged him towards the back office.

The manager told police he was ordered to open the cash room door which caused an alarm to activate, according to the police report.

When the manager told the gunman the safe could not be opened until the morning, "the gunman took his wallet out of his back pocket and ran,” the police report stated.

"I shop here regularly, at least twice a week, and to hear something of this nature happened, especially in this neighborhood, it's alarming," Richard Monroe said.

Wednesday, shoppers were unaware of the chaos the night before.

"It's still business as usual. I didn't even know that anything went wrong," said shopper Vince Tisdale.

The gunman jumped into a blue car with tinted windows driven by another person.

"Well, I hope they find him. Trust me," Monroe said.

Anyone with information should contact the Willoughby Hills Police Department.