A well-armed man who robbed an El Jebel liquor store at about 5 p.m. Monday fled on foot and had eluded law enforcement officials from three agencies as of this paper’s deadline Monday, according to the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office.
“They still have a couple of deputies searching for him,” said Jessie Mosher, spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Office.
The robbery occurred at about 5 p.m. at El Jebel Liquors, Mosher said. “It was an armed robbery. The individual had a knife and a gun,” she said.
No one in the liquor store was harmed. Police didn’t announce what was taken. Mosher said she was uncertain if there was more than one person in the store at the time. The call to 911 came from a party at the liquor store, but there may have been a slight delay for reasons that weren’t clear Monday evening, Mosher said.
The suspect is a Hispanic male of medium build, according to police. He spoke English during the robbery. He was wearing blue jeans, a white hoodie and a dark bandana, Mosher said. The person was last seen in the El Jebel City Market area and was headed upvalley.
Officers from Basalt rushed to the scene to assist sheriff’s deputies at about 5:10 p.m. and soon set up a screening area near the roundabout on Willits Lane. Another Basalt officer was seen checking a pedestrian underpass near Whole Foods Market. Mosher said deputies from the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office also helped with the search.
It was unknown if the man had a car stashed somewhere in the midvalley.
El Jebel Liquors is located in the El Jebel Plaza across Highway 82 from City Market. It had a closed sign on it at 5:30 p.m. Monday, and an Eagle County deputy sheriff was talking to parties in the adjacent office of the owner and manager of the plaza.
The El Jebel Plaza has security cameras in place. Video from the cameras helped capture a suspect in a burglary of a restaurant in the plaza a few yeas ago.