EUGENE, Ore. — Police are asking for your help in finding a man who robbed a Walmart at gunpoint Friday morning.
Police say it was a chaotic morning, and they’re searching for any clues that might lead to an arrest.
Just before 9 a.m. police say they got a call about a man who ran into the Walmart on Green Acres Road carrying a gun.
“He came in with a handgun brandished in his hand and pointed it directly at the teller and demanded all the money she had in the register,” said Sgt. Ryan Molony, Eugene Police Department.
Police say he took an undisclosed amount of money and ran off, but he didn’t go far.
“On the east side of the building headed south, toward beltline, jumped over beltline into the freeway. some witnesses identified him as getting into a vehicle and driving east bound on the beltline away from the scene,” Molony said.
This isn’t the first time this Walmart’s been the scene of a crime. About a month ago, officers arrested a man for shooting at the parking lot lots. Customers call the incidents alarming.
“It’s kind of one of those if it could happen here, it’s a little frightening because it could really happen anywhere,” said Eugene resident Shannon Kohler.
“I wouldn’t have that in my mind thinking about pulling into the parking lot, and I probably will think differently about parts of Eugene,” said Cottage Grove resident Joyce Settlemeyer.
Some argue this is a perfect example of how budget cuts are, in a way, handcuffing law enforcement.
“I don’t find that to be a very good thing. That should be a number one priority over pretty much everything else,” Kohler said.
Residents say they’re shocked crime continues to hit this neighborhood.
“It’s kind of actually weird to me that it’s happening out here. I always thought of this being a quiet area. It’s like if this stuff is going to happen, I almost would see it being more like south of 11th,” Kohler said.