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Kalamazoo armed robbery suspect on the run

Posted: 5:56 AM, Sep 20, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-20 12:43:23-04

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — A party store in Kalamazoo was robbed Thursday night by a man with a handgun.

It happened around 10 p.m. at Kilgore Party Store on Kilgore Road.

Kenny Patel is a clerk at the store who was working at the time of the robbery.

“I was just sitting in the till, and the guy was coming in the store. I (stood) up and he (was) wearing a black mask on his face, he shows me the gun and trying to rob me, he says, ‘give me all the money otherwise I’m going to shoot you,’” Patel said.

The robber took off with an undisclosed amount of cash and still hasn’t been found.

Since Thursday night, Patel he had a hard time sleeping or avoiding thinking about the robbery.

“I was feeling somebody behind me, so I was just looking behind and there was nobody,” Patel said. “The dude is in my mind all night because he’s wearing the mask and his gun is so close to my chest, and I was so much afraid.”

Authorities are still working to identify the suspect. Anyone with information on the suspect or the robbery is asked to call Kalamazoo police at 269-488-8911 or Silent Observer at 269-343-2100.