Robber hits laundromat

Before opening her laundromat every morning, Carol Carpenter counts the cash.

The morning of Good Friday was no different, except she was robbed at gunpoint.

Armed with a black, semiautomatic handgun, a man entered the Soap & Suds Laundry, 2964 Interstate 70 Business Loop, around 8 a.m. and demanded cash. Carpenter said she may never forget the robber’s words: “I want all your money. Open the safe.”

She described the suspect as approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall and “kind of heavyset,” dressed in a black leather jacket, with a bandana wrapped around his face and a sock cap on his head.

The robber attempted to conceal his identity, but Carpenter suspects he lives in the neighborhood.

“I think I kind of know him,” she said.

The man walked out the front door with “a few hundred” dollars, said Heather Benjamin, Mesa County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman.

The suspect had not been apprehended as of Friday evening, and Benjamin said anyone with information should call 242-6707.

Police thought they had the suspect after a passer-by told authorities the bandit used a Grand Valley Transit bus to get away. Cops alerted bus drivers to the gunman’s description via radio, and one driver responded, saying he had a passenger who matched the gunman’s description.

When the bus stopped at the South Avenue and Seventh Street transfer station, police officers and sheriff’s deputies swarmed that passenger.

After handcuffing and questioning the man, they determined he was not involved in the robbery, Benjamin said.


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