Police looking for attempted robbery suspect
SILVERTHORNE – Police are looking for an armed man who attempted to rob a Silverthorne Factory Outlet store employee Tuesday night. The attempt is apparently not the first in recent weeks.
A Dansk Factory Store employee, Lynette Lacey, left the store with a co-worker just after 9 p.m. Tuesday. Lacey’s car was parked in the employee lot, the co-worker was parked in the main lot of the third section of stores. The women parted, and Lacey walked out of her co-worker’s sight to the outlet employee parking lot.
After Lacey, 59, got into her car, a man walked out of some bushes nearby. He opened the door and jumped into her car. Gun in hand, he demanded money from her, probably believing she had the Dansk bank deposit for the day. She was not carrying the deposit.
Lacey pushed the man, estimated to be 19-21 years old, out of the car. He then yanked her jacket, pulling her to the ground, Lacey said. Her screams for help apparently made him run away.
“I was lying on the ground, and I thought I was dead. He had a gun,” Lacey said.
As Lacey tried to drive home, she noticed a car following her. She drove instead to a friend’s house, where she called 911. Shaken and traumatized, she said she wishes the Silverthorne Factory Outlets would improve safety and lighting in the area, particularly after dark. She said there are no security cameras, but the Silverthorne police try to patrol the three sections of the outlets as often as possible.
Police do not know who the man is. Lacey said he was 19-21 years old, measured between 5 feet 5 inches and 5 feet 8 inches tall with clear, light Hispanic skin. He spoke clearly without a Spanish accent and had “the eyes of a young Al Pacino,” with a clean-cut look, and a thin build.
Lacey said a Nine West employee told her about a similar robbery attempt that occurred several weeks ago. A couple people in black hoods tried to take her deposit, but the Nine West employee drove away before anything happened. Both Nine West and Dansk are in the same section of factory stores behind the Wendy’s restaurant in Silverthorne, just north of Interstate 70.
Detective Kevin Trimbath is working on the case. Anyone with information regarding this case should contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-453-STOP.
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