Armed man robs Lake City paint store, police say


LAKE CITY, Fla. – Police in Lake City are searching for a man who robbed a paint store at gunpoint Tuesday morning.

Police said the robbery was reported about 6:40 a.m. Tuesday at the Richardson Paint Store on NW Madison Street.

The owner told police a man came in the store, pointed a handgun at him and ordered him to open the safe.

When the robber discovered cash was not stored in the safe, he became agitated and demanded the victim give him his wallet and cellphone.

The suspect was described as a bald black man, about 6 feet tall with a slender build. He was last seen wearing a white crew shirt, blue jean shorts and black shoes with a white shirt covering his face. His handgun was described as a chrome revolver.

The man was last seen running northbound on NW Columbia Avenue.

Lake City Police Department units and a Columbia County Sheriff's Office K-9 team searched the area but were unable to find the man.

Surrounding area law enforcement agencies were alerted to be on the lookout. At this time, no other information is known about the suspect.

The crime scene was processed, however, which may lead to later clues, police said.

“We are also in the process of compiling video surveillance from various sources in the area,” said Police Chief Argatha Gilmore. “We encourage readers to visit our Facebook page where we will post this video when it is ready, and we hope that anyone who recognizes him will contact us.”

Anyone with information about this case or the suspect’s identity should call Investigator Tammy Cox at 386-758-5471 or anonymously through the TIPS Line at 386-719-2068.