Fridley Police Help Columbia Heights Police in Search for Robbery Suspect

Authorities set up a perimeter for about an hour after midnight in response to a reported robbery of a person on Peters Place.

Fridley police aided in the search for a robbery suspect or suspects early Wednesday morning in Columbia Heights.

Officer Joe Pikala of the Columbia Heights Police Department said police were responding to a report of a robbery of a person in the 3900 block of Peters Place NE.

Pikala said the case remains under investigation and couldn't comment further, although he did confirm that a police K9 unit was involved in the search, which he said lasted about an hour.

The Anoka County Sheriff's Office also assisted the Columbia Heights Police Department.

Columbia Heights police created a perimeter shortly after 12:30 a.m., as reported at the Police Clips Facebook page, starting at the 1000 block of Peters Place. (Peters Place is a short, bending residential road that has sections of both 1000 and 3900 street addresses.)

A Columbia Heights officer at the perimeter in an unmarked squad car on Reservoir Boulevard NE told Patch shortly after 1 a.m., "We're looking for a suspect in the area. ... The perimeter is moving." He could not provide further information.

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An officer stated on the police scanner that the suspect's shoe has a "half moon, half circle on the arch." (There is snow on the ground in many places where shoes leave tracks.)

According to the police scanner, one officer checked the garage and alley in the 3800 block of Tyler Street NE and called that address clear at 1:23 a.m. "We're really not picking anything up in any direction," the officer stated on the scanner. The perimeter was called off and broken down at 1:25 a.m.


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