Tacoma police were searching for a man who robbed and pistol-whipped a pizza restaurant employee this morning in the North End.
The suspect confronted an employee of Little Caesars Pizza, 5916 N. 26th St., in the parking lot just before 9 a.m., Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum said. The suspect forced the employee inside at gunpoint and demanded all the money from the restaurant.
The suspect struck the victim in the face with his gun, then left the store, Fulghum said.
A police dog conducted a search but did not find the robber. The victim was treated at the scene, then taken to a local hospital for further evaluation, Fulghum said.
The suspect was described as black, 20 to 25 years old and wearing a dark blue sweatshirt, black pants and dark-colored rag over his face.
Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers is offering up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest and charges filed in the robbery. Tipsters may remain anonymous.
Reach Crime Stoppers at 253-591-5959.