KDPS investigates armed robbery near WMU’s campus

Kalamazoo, Campus Party Store, robbery
A surveillance image shows an armed man robbing Campus Party Store in Kalamazoo. (Oct. 10, 2017)

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — Kalamazoo police are searching for a man who held up a party store at gunpoint near Western Michigan University’s main campus Tuesday.

It happened around 11:15 p.m. at the Campus Party Store located at 2627 W. Michigan Ave.

The suspect pointed a handgun at the clerk and demanded cash. The clerk was able to disarm the suspect before he took off with a handful of cash, according to a Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety news release.

Police said a perimeter was set up and they attempted to track him with a K-9 unit, but he was not located due to heavy rain and foot traffic.

Police described the suspect as a middle-aged man, who was last seen wearing jeans and a crew neck sweatshirt with an olive drab winter hat.

Kalamazoo, Campus Party Store, robbery
Surveillance images show the man accused of robbing Campus Party Store Tuesday night, as well as his apparent getaway vehicle.

Surveillance video from Campus Party Store shows the suspect resembles the armed man who tried to rob a Portage liquor store earlier Tuesday night.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Kalamazoo Department Public Safety 269.337.8120 or Silent Observer at 269.343.2100.