GALLIPOLIS — Gallipolis police are investigating a wallet theft that occurred Saturday evening on Fourth Avenue in which the victim was held up by knife point.
According to police reports, officers were dispatched to the 600 block of Fourth Avenue around 11 p.m. after receiving a call regarding a robbery. While en route, dispatch advised officers the victim had been robbed at knife point and two white male suspects fled the area toward the O.O. McIntyre Hike and Bike Trail. Gallipolis officers Jason Lyons and Kyle Perez scouted the area for suspects while Officer Mark Still contacted the robbery victim.
According to reports, the victim told police he had been returning home from work at a location on 600 block of Second Avenue. Reportedly, the victim heard noise from behind his home and went to see what it was. Once reaching the back of the residence, the victim said he felt a prick in his back and someone saying, “Don’t move.”
The suspect next reportedly patted the victim down and took his wallet and pushed him to the ground. The victim told police that once he was able to get back to his feet, he started to chase the suspect toward the bike trail. Reports say the victim saw two white males running toward the bike trail in dark-colored clothing. The victim said he fell in a hole while giving chase and lost sight of the two fleeing individuals. Police said there was an undisclosed amount of cash in the wallet.
While Still spoke with the victim, Lyons contacted Still to say he had two males matching the victim’s descriptions running on the Spruce Street extension. Officers Still, Perez and Lyons then set up a perimeter to attempt to contain the suspects. Gallia County sheriff’s deputy Chad Wallace assisted. Lt. Josh Davies, of the Rio Grande Police Department, assisted with a canine in an attempt to track the suspect. Police were not successful in finding the suspects.
Gallipolis Police Chief Jeff Boyer is requesting the public come forward if they have any information in regard to the robbery and contact police at (740) 441-6020. Boyer also advises that all individuals walking late in the evening to be aware of their surroundings and do the best they can to stay in well-lit areas while traveling.
Dean Wright can be reached at (740) 446-2342, Ext. 2103.