Police are searching for a man suspected of robbing a Lawrence fast food restaurant Monday night.
Around 8:30 p.m. officers were dispatched to Long John Silver’s and A&W; restaurant at 1501 W. 23rd St. for the reported robbery.
Earlier the suspect, described as a black man in a red sweatshirt, had entered the business, brandished an “edged weapon” and demanded money, the Lawrence Police Department said in a news release. During the incident the suspect allegedly hit an employee, though not with the weapon. He then fled the scene with cash.
The employee suffered minor injuries and did not require medical attention, the release said.
Tuesday afternoon Lawrence Police Officer Drew Fennelly said it is too early in the investigation to know if this robbery is related to any others in Lawrence. He said additional information was not available.
As of Tuesday afternoon no arrests in the Douglas County Jail’s online booking logs appeared to match the reported robbery.
An investigation into the robbery is ongoing, police said. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 785-843-8447.