Gunman tries to rob woman outside Publix in St. Cloud

2 witnesses chase man out of parking lot


ST. CLOUD, Fla. – St. Cloud police continue to search for a gunman who tried to rob a woman outside a Publix.

The woman told police the man approached her Sunday afternoon in the parking lot outside the grocery store in the 4400 block of 13th Street and pointed a gun at her while demanding her purse.

The woman screamed for help and the man ran away, but not before two other men saw what was happening and chased after him, police said.  The culprit, however, was able to get away.

"It's hard to believe that (it happened at) 5 o'clock in the afternoon," a shopper said.  "Nobody can get this guy? And it's pretty bold of him to do it in broad daylight.  I'll be keeping my eyes and ears open, just be aware of my surroundings."

Witnesses described the man as white or Hispanic with shoulder-length, wavy or curly, dark brown hair.  He's 5 feet 8 inches tall and about 200 pounds and was last seen wearing a dark T-shirt, blue jeans and carrying a "fanny pack."

Anyone with information is urged to call Crimeline 800-423-TIPS.