Updated below. A robbery at Payless Shoes in Coon Rapids at 8:50 p.m. Saturday led to a police search a short distance south in the area of the Springbrook Apartments in Fridley.
As of 9:50 p.m., police had not found a suspect, according to Anoka County Emergency Dispatch.
The Police Clips Facebook page, which gathers information from law enforcement scanners, reported:
Armed Robbery of business in Coon Rapids, MN Suspect locked employees in the bathroom and escaped. Fridley, Blaine, Coon Rapids, Anoka County Sheriffs assisting. Crime Lab now responding.
Anoka County Emergency Dispatch said the information about employees being locked in the bathroom "hasn't been verified."
Update: Police Clips has posted scanner audio about the incident, including a report that the suspect used a black handgun.