Police seek suspect in espresso café robbery

Homer Police seek information on a suspect who robbed the Fat Olive’s Espresso on Monday morning. According to a press release, about 10:05 a.m. Dec. 28, a white man entered the espresso shop next to Fat Olive’s Restaurant on Ohlson Lane, brandished a handgun and forced the sole employee, a woman, into the bathroom. The man then stole an undisclosed amount of cash.

Police described the man as being in his mid-20s, about 140 pounds and between 5-feet-4-inches and 5-feet-7-inches tall. The man wore a black balaclava ski mask with only the nose and eyes showing. He also wore an oversized brown camouflage jacket and baggy blue jeans.

Officers and Alaska State Troopers responded within 5 minutes of the call, said Homer Police Sgt. Lary Kuhns, but could not find the suspect. The woman called 911 as soon as she heard the robber trigger a door chime on the front door and leave. Other than being shaken up, the woman did not suffer any physical injuries. Police are actively pursuing the investigation, Kuhns said, and are trying to get video footage from nearby businesses that could develop leads. Police do not know if the robber left by foot or car.

Anyone with information on the robbery or who might have seen something suspicious in the area at the time is asked to call Homer Police at 235-3150. Confidential tips can be made to Crimestoppers at 800-478-HALT (478-4258). Crimestoppers offers a reward of $1,000 for information leading to an arrest.

Michael Armstrong can be reached at michael.armstrong@homernews.com.