Graeter's in Hyde Park Square robbed at gunpoint

HYDE PARK, OH (FOX19) - Police are investigating an armed robbery in broad daylight in one of the Queen City's nicest neighborhoods, inside one of its most beloved stores.

It happened at the Graeter's location in Hyde Park Square Tuesday evening around 6 p.m., and it has some neighbors a bit shaken.

In Hyde Park Square, you usually see families walking, and friends meeting up for a bite to eat and a drink.

But, it was a very different scene on Tuesday.  It was a scene marred with yellow crime scene tape.

"It's very unusual to have an offense of violence, a robbery, in this neighborhood," said Lt. David Fink of the Cincinnati Police Dept.

A gunman came through the doors, and forced employees to duck down under the counter.  That suspect then took off, and police are still trying to figure out exactly what was taken.

But, that's enough to put some neighbors on edge.

"It kind of really scared me to death because I live right up the street and I walk around in this neighborhood a lot," said Terry Sundberg, who lives in Hyde Park.

Other than walking the streets of Hyde Park, Sundberg can actually be found at this Graeter's location quite often with her grandchildren.  In fact, they ride their bikes here for a snack every evening.

"It's always been very, very safe around here.  I feel very safe when I walk at night.  A person having a gun, is really frightening," said Sundberg.

Police are actively searching for the suspect they believe ran down the block and into an alley to a parking lot behind the building.  Neighbors don't see the neighborhood as unsafe, but they are on alert.

"Very much on alert.  I will be very careful where I walk.  I'm going to walk where there's lights, more crowded streets," Sundberg told FOX19.

Police say the suspect is a black man between 25-35 years old with a goatee.  He was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and a ball cap with a red bill.

If you have any information that may help the investigation, call Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040.

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