Police seek knife-wielding robber who held customer hostage

Salt Lake police say a man robbed a Walgreens and briefly held a customer hostage on Sunday.

Salt Lake police say a man robbed a Walgreens and briefly held a customer hostage on Sunday. (Steve Griffin, Deseret News)

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SALT LAKE CITY — Police are looking for a man who robbed a Salt Lake Walgreens and held a customer hostage on Sunday.

Officers responded to the store, 531 E. 400 South, at 1:51 p.m., where they learned the man had entered the store and held a customer at knifepoint, while demanding cash from an employee, according to a statement from Salt Lake police.

The employee handed the man "an undisclosed amount of cash," and then the man released the customer and fled.

Officers were unable to locate the man after a subsequent search. Police said they are looking for a white man in his late 30s or early 40s, around 5 feet 6 inches tall with a light build. He is also said to be wearing a blue mask, red T-shirt with black long sleeves underneath and jeans, according to the statement.

Police are asking anyone with information to call 801-799-3000 and reference case number 22-5124.

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Lisi Merkley is a news producer for KSL.com. Prior to joining KSL in May 2021, she was editor in chief of The Daily Universe at Brigham Young University, where she graduated with a bachelor's degree in communications and Spanish.


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