Bethel Police Department has released images from a in-store video camera that show the armed robber of the AlaskaBud cannabis store in Bethel, which may give Bethel residents a clue as to the suspect’s identity.
The suspect is wearing a “Res Alaska” jacket. Res Alaska is a renewable energy company out of Fairbanks. The suspect also has on a “AK” beanie style hat. The suspect has a distinct gait, police said, possibly due to a limp. The duffle bag he carried has a camouflage pattern on it.
Update: Police say the man is left-handed. Only 10% of the population is left-handed.
In the original press release, police speculated that the jerky movements of the man made it appear he may have been intoxicated.
The store was hit on Monday night by a lone gunman with an M-16-style firearm, who fired several shots. One shot ricocheted off the floor and hit the counter, after which two employees at the counter fled, as the man shot at them several times, but missed. One of the shots went through the wall and hit a third employee hiding behind the wall.
The robber fled the store in an unknown direction on a snow machine.
The Bethel Police Department is looking for help from the community in establishing the identity of the suspect. Those with any information may call: 907-543-3781.