Woman beaten in armed robbery
A man entered a woman’s vehicle Monday afternoon outside Barnes Electric, 2811 Riverside Parkway, and assaulted her before fleeing the scene in what is being investigated as an armed robbery, according to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department.
The assault suspect is described by the sheriff’s department as a short, thin black man in his 20s with short, black hair who was wearing a black shirt, blue jeans, a black backpack and a gold chain around his neck at the time of the incident. The man allegedly got into the woman’s vehicle as she parked outside Barnes returning from her lunch break shortly before 2 p.m. The woman is a receptionist at the business and had just cashed her paycheck at Walmart, according to Barnes Electric Owner Don Barnes.
Barnes said he heard the woman scream and looked out his office window, which faces the area where the woman was parked, and “saw a guy pistol whipping her.” Barnes said he rushed outside and cornered the man between the vehicle and a fence. Barnes said the suspect pointed a gun at him and said, “I’ll shoot you.”
Barnes said he saw the man get into a silver sports car, possibly a Pontiac Grand Am or Pontiac Grand Prix, with another black man at the wheel and the two drove away. Multiple witnesses told the Sheriff’s Department they saw the sportscar and a man matching the description of one of the suspects in the area of 29 and Seeley roads. The car and the suspects had not been located by law enforcement as of 6 p.m. Monday.
Anyone who sees the suspects or the car should call non-emergency dispatch at 242-6707. A press release from the Sheriff’s Department warns people not to contact the suspects because they may be armed or pose a danger to the public.
The victim was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital via ambulance with non-life threatening injuries to her head and upper body, according to Mesa County. Department spokeswoman Heather Benjamin said the woman did not know the two men and it was unclear Monday afternoon if the men had taken anything from the victim.
Barnes said he believes the men followed the victim for a period of time and may have been interested in taking her money. He said he plans to place more cameras outside the business, keep a gun at the office, and possibly build a fence around the building.
“It won’t be an easy getaway next time,” Barnes said.