POINT PLEASANT — Patrons at a local gaming parlor were robbed at gunpoint and their hands duct taped by two men who made off with an undisclosed amount of cash early Sunday morning.
A hold up alarm was reported to the Point Pleasant Police Department (PPPD) at around 1:30 a.m. on Sunday morning at the Point Cafe #2 at 312 Main St. - the business has both a Main St. and Viand St. entrance.
PPPD Patrolman D.M. Taylor and Lt. M.S. Taylor arrived at the scene to find a female who was visibly upset and crying, stating all of the patrons had just been robbed and their hands bound with duct tape. Witnesses report the two suspects were black males with one ranging from 6’ to 6’3” in height, while the other was shorter and had a lighter complexion.
The robbery was caught on video surveillance released by the West Virginia Lottery Commission. In the video, the male who has a lighter complexion is wearing a mask up to his eyes though what appears to be a visible birth mark, mole or tattoo rests below his left eye as he points a gun at the patrons.
In addition to robbing the patrons, the two men made off with money from the establishment and exited by using the Main St. door. A patron told officers after the men left, he went to the back door and saw a dark colored SUV exiting the parking lot to Pancho’s Restaurant and heading south toward Gallipolis, Ohio or W.Va. 2. across the Bartow Jones Bridge.
Officer D.M. Taylor immediately advised all Mason County law enforcement officials to be on the lookout for a a dark colored SUV. Lt. M.S. Taylor also investigated the Main St. and floodwall areas with a K-9 officer after the robbery.
On Tuesday, the PPPD received the surveillance video from the lottery commission and were attempting to identify the suspects, according to Cpt. Joe Veith. The PPPD released a portion of the video to the Point Pleasant Register which included a still shot of the suspect with the distinct mark below his left eye. (See photo in this edition or go to www.mydailyregister.com).
Though no arrests had been made as of press time, PPPD Chief Ernie Watterson said his department is actively pursuing suspects.
There were no injuries reported from the robbery.