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Neighbors Watch As Police Look For Suspect

September 20, 2011, 5:57 PM by Kelly Bartnick

Neighbors Watch As Police Look For Suspect
SIOUX FALLS, SD - Sioux Falls police are searching for a man who held up a neighborhood bar and casino at gunpoint Tuesday afternoon.

That led to an entire neighborhood being shut down for several hours as police thought they had the suspect cornered.

For nearly three hours, the street was clogged with police. They called in extra forces and even the K9 unit to try and find the man who robbed a popular neighborhood hangout.

It all started at Ken's Korner when just after 1 p.m., a man with a gun walked in.

"He just came in and demanded the cash," Sioux Falls Police Public Information Officer Sam Clemens said.

Police say he took that cash and ran down 6th Street.

"She saw him leaving. He ran to the west and in between two houses on the 900 block of 6th Street," Clemens said.

Police surrounded a back garage just across the street from Angie Walsh's front porch.

"When I saw those guns that they were carrying around, the SWAT team was carrying around guns, I was like, 'Okay. That's kind of scary right there because what if that guy could just show up in my yard?' That wouldn't be good," Walsh said.

Walsh's 3-year-old daughter was sleeping inside the house as police called in the K9 unit and eventually broke into the garage. The suspect was not there.

"I saw the cops for a couple hours I'd say across the street. And I was just kind of checking up on them and they didn't leave," Walsh said.

Walsh will try and put the afternoon behind her. She just hopes her favorite neighborhood business can do the same.

"It's one of those places you can go and you see neighbors there all the time," Walsh said.

Police describe the suspect as a white male, 6'1" to 6'3" tall. They say he was heavy set with a full, dark brown beard with hints of red in it. The man was wearing jeans and a black-hooded sweatshirt.

Police say the store did have surveillance equipment. They are going through that as part of the investigation.

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