O'Fallon Progress

O’Fallon Police looking for armed robbery suspect

Security camera footage shows the armed robbery suspect at 6:02 a.m.
Security camera footage shows the armed robbery suspect at 6:02 a.m.

O’Fallon Police are asking for the public’s help in locating and identifying an armed robbery suspect who hit a local fast food restaurant.

At 6:03 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 29, O’Fallon police officers responded to Hardee’s at 110 E. Hwy 50 to a report of a male brandishing a gun.

O’Fallon Police Capt. Mark Berry said crime scene investigators were still at the scene at 9:40 a.m., but he anticipated their work would be completed shortly.

Berry said police have no specific leads. Police, however, have identified only one suspect, who is described as being a black male, 5 feet, 8 inches tall and is of small build, weighing about 150 pounds.

According to police, the suspect has a distinct mole under his left eye. He was reported wearing a blue bandana covering half of his face with a gray “University of Illinois” hoodie sweatshirt inside out.

He was driving a possible tan hatchback or small SUV vehicle, heading northbound on Parkview Drive.

O’Fallon Township High School, located about a half mile from the restaurant, was not put on lock down, according to Berry.

Berry said Hardee’s had customers at the time of the incident, but no one was harmed or injured.

Hardee’s reopened at about 9:30 a.m., according to Hardee’s manager Dawn Whited.

Whited declined further comment.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact O’Fallon Police at 618-624-4545.

The last armed robbery at the restaurant was in November 2012. A suspect quickly was identified and police made an arrest, Berry said.