Cleveland Police and other law enforcement officers responded to Mr. Zip (Fish Creek) Market shortly before 4 p.m. after a clerk called 911.
Several schools in the area were locked down as police, sheriff’s deputies and others scoured the area looking for a black male who was reportedly dressed in dark clothing. He also reportedly had his face obscured with some kind of headwear and had face paint to conceal his identity, according to 911 reports and officer Evie West of the Cleveland Police Department.
According to reports, he demanded money from the store’s clerk, then left the store on foot.
West said officers on the scene learned the man took an undisclosed amount of cash.
The suspect ordered the clerk into a bathroom and told her to lock the door before he left the store.
Bradley County deputies and school resource officers locked down North Lee Elementary School and made sure a nearby day-care center and Tennessee Christian Preparatory School were secured as the search for the suspect continued.
The robber was described as wearing a dark green sweatshirt and dark pants. Authorities also said he had a dreadlocks hairstyle.
Crime scene technicians arrived on the scene and began collecting evidence inside and outside the store. CSTs were also able to retrieve video security evidence and are attempting to capture a still image of the robber, according to officials.
Anyone with information regarding the robbery can contact the Cleveland Police Department at 728-7311 (follow the correct voice prompts).
The number is a universal information or reporting number.