Police, liquor store owners urge safety after armed robberies

Portage Police are searching for this man linked to a possible armed robbery in Portage Tuesday night. The suspect description is the same as the suspect in the Kalamazoo robbery hours later.

Kalamazoo Police continue their search for two men accused of multiple armed robberies in the past week.

Officers were able to catch two of three suspects involved in an armed robbery at Sunny Mart on Oct. 7, but are stilling searching for a third.

They are also after a man who robbed Campus Party Store on Oct. 10 and tried to rob a Portage convenience store earlier the same night.

After these incidents, some liquor store managers are paying close attention.

"Any robberies that happen in Kalamazoo or any place we are associated with is a concern of mine," said Sam Alsaud, who manages Bottoms Up on West Michigan Ave.

In addition to having a video surveillance system, he's focused on preventing armed robberies.

"Hire within the community, that's one. Have commitment to multicultural employees within your store," Alsaud said.

The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety said a clerk took action against the man who robbed Campus Party Store earlier this week. When the clerk emptied the register, he was able to grab the gun away from the suspect.

"Obviously we're not recommending that," said Lieutenant Brad Misner with the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety.

Misner said when an armed robber gets violent, stand down.

"Be calm and do what they say and also just have a good camera system," Misner said.

.Police said all suspects involved in the Sunny Mart robbery were armed and one struck a maintenance worker who was mopping in front of the register.

Alsaud said these attacks are always a concern for liquor store owners who should empower employees in these situations.

"Set up procedures and rules so they could find their way better to take care of the situation before it happens," Alsaud said.

Both men police are looking for are considered armed and dangerous. If you have any information, you're asked to call the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety at (269) 337-8120.