Police make arrest in holdup outside Starbucks

May 7, 2011 2:28:06 AM PDT
Police have made an arrest in Thursday's armed hold-up of a woman, right in the center of a mainline community in broad daylight.

Radnor Police say tip calls started coming in minutes after the Action New report Thursday night.

Police have identified the suspect as 33 year old Hassan Grimes.

Grimes turned himself in to police Friday afternoon accompanied by his lawyer.

Police are charging Grimes with the daring daytime armed hold up outside of a Starbucks coffee shop Thursday morning.

"This also sends a clear, load message that, I mean, it's 24 hours later, we do not tolerate this kind of behavior in Radnor Township. We have zero tolerance," says Superintendent Bill Colarulo.

The incident happened just before 10:00 a.m. Thursday in the rear parking lot of the Starbucks along the 200 block of East Lancaster Avenue in Wayne, Pa.

Police say a 43-year-old woman was attempting to put her 1-year-old daughter back in the car after buying coffee when she was suddenly accosted by the gunman.

"A black male came up from behind her, pinned her to the car. He took a handgun and placed it on her cheek," Detective Sergeant Andy Block of the Radnor Police said. "The only thing he told her was not to turn around and, if she did turn around, that he would shoot her."

"And to be accosted like that and have a gun pressed against her cheek. Just imagine that, while you're holding your one year old. Imagine the horrific chain of events that is," said Colarulo.

The gunman robbed the victim of all her jewelry, cash and credit cards. Within a half hour, surveillance cameras captured him making purchases with the stolen cards at the Target store on Route 320 and Baltimore Pike in Springfield, Delaware County 12 miles away.

"There was over $900 in transactions that transpired between 10:25am and 10:49am. Ironically, the last transaction that occurred in there was a Starbucks where a $50 Gift card was purchased in there as well as some coffee," explained Det. Sgt. Andy Block.

Authorities were offering a $1000 reward in the case, and started receiving calls after Action News at 11 identifying the alleged bandit.

"Suffice it to say, the assistance of the media provided us by putting that footage out there that you did yesterday and this morning, that was very instrumental in us bringing a person of interest into custody," Colarulo.