Subway employees refuse would-be robber’s demands for cash

Tracking dog set on man’s trail east of Pearson Field

By John Branton, Columbian Staff Reporter

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Vancouver police converged east of Pearson Field late Thursday night after employees of a Subway shop near Columbia House and Grand boulevards called 911 to report that someone tried to rob them at knifepoint.

The would-be robber brandished a steak knife in the shop about 9:30 p.m., but employees refused to open the cash register, officials said.

Several officers rushed to the area and were told the man was last seen running toward the Garden Center of the Fred Meyer shopping complex.

No detailed description was available, just a tall man in his teens or early 20s with brown hair, according to emergency radio traffic. He wore a Navy-blue hooded sweatshirt and a dark bandanna over his face.

Officers deployed a K-9 team to sniff out the man’s trail and, about 10:20 p.m., were still looking for him, said Sgt. Kathie McNicholas with the Vancouver Police Department.

John Branton: 360-735-4513 or john.branton@columbian.com.