ALTOONA, Iowa — Altoona Police are searching for a man they say is armed with a gun and robbed an Altoona restaurant on Friday morning.
Police told us earlier they were responding to an “active situation” at Spectator’s Sports Bar & Grill at 3200 Adventureland Dr.
They now say a suspect robbed the restaurant at 7:35 a.m. Police are searching for a black male described as five-foot-five and 150 pounds. He was wearing a white button-up shirt, blue tactical pants, brown shoes, and a dark ball cap.
For several hours Friday morning, Altoona Police searched the area around the restaurant, Prairie Meadows, and Adventureland. People were asked to stay away from the area while police worked. Spectator’s plans to re-open at 4:00 p.m. Friday.
A police officer on the scene told us a man who matched the suspect’s description was initially detained in the Target parking lot nearby, but they have determined he is not the man they’re looking for.
Sgt. Alyssa Wilson with the Altoona Police Department said as of 11:25 a.m. the suspect is still at large but they don’t believe the public is in any danger. You are still not advised to make contact with the suspect if you see him. Instead, call 911 immediately.
Adventureland was closed Friday morning while the Suburban Emergency Response Team swept the park to make sure the suspect was not on the grounds. The park, hotel, and campgrounds have since re-opened.
Police are working on getting surveillance video from nearby businesses so a better photo of the suspect can be released.