COOS BAY — Authorities are still searching for a man who they said attempted to rob a gold dealer Thursday, Feb. 7, at gunpoint in the parking lot of Cranberry Sweets in Coos Bay.
According to the Coos Bay Police Department, Sgt. Hugo Hatzel, officers responded to a call made by Mark Dixon, of Goldfinger Gold and Silver, at approximately 2:11 p.m. who said a man pulled out a small caliber handgun and tried to rob him.
“I was meeting him to look at a Canadian coin he called me about to see if it was real or not,” Dixon said. “He initially came up to the passenger side and tried to open the door. I shook my head no and signaled him over to my side. He then pulled out a gun and said, ‘Give me all your [obscenity]!’”
Dixon said he immediately put his vehicle into drive and sped off. He added the two did arrange over the phone to meet in the parking lot prior to his arrival.
"He told me his car was broke down and that he couldn’t come to the office," Dixon said. "Since I was passing by, I told him that I’d stop and have a look."
According to Hatzel, the suspect was seen last running into a nearby neighborhood headed south on Schoneman at Salmon Avenue. The Coos County Sheriff's Office K-9 Odin was called to the scene to assist as well as the North Bend Police Department and Oregon State Police.
Dixon described the suspect to be a white male, 5 feet 10 inches tall, 160 pounds wearing a grey sweater and blue jeans. He believes him to be around 25 years old with short light brown hair. He also said the suspect had several tattoos around his neck.
The search is ongoing and anyone with information on the suspect's identity or case is asked to contact the Coos Bay Police Department at 541-269-8911.