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Police: Columbus Dollar General robbery suspect said he demanded money 'because he has kids'

Police said the robbery happened on Tuesday at the store on West Broad Street near Hayden Avenue.
Credit: Columbus Division Of Police
Surveillance photos of a robbery at the Dollar General on West Broad Street near Hayden Avenue on July 14.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Columbus police are looking for a robbery suspect after a store manager at a Dollar General on West Broad Sreet said he was robbed at knifepoint on Tuesday.

Police said the robbery happened just before 3 p.m. at the store near Hayden Avenue in Franklinton.

The manager told police the suspect walked up with money and asked for cigarettes while the manager was cashing out the register.

The suspect then pulled out a small blade and demanded the money from the register, telling the manager it was "because he has kids," according to police.

The suspect then grabbed the cash and left, police said.

Police described the suspect as a black man between the ages of 35 and 45 years old, who is approximately between 5-feet 7-inches and 5-feet 10-inches tall and has a medium build.

He was wearing a black baseball hat, a blue surgical mask, a red OSU t-shirt, and black shorts.

Anyone with information on the suspect can contact Det. Agee or the Columbus Police Robbery Squad at 614-645-3941 and 614-645-4665.