By: Kayla Bremer
A scary night for a Lincoln worker, confronted while closing up shop by a man wielding a hammer.
Around 8 o'clock Monday night, the 47–year–old employee had just locked the door at The Coinery in the Piedmont Shopping Center near Cotner Boulevard and A Streets and was walking to his car. That's when a man dressed in all black with a sock–like mask came at him armed with a hammer.
Police say the suspect demanded a bag the employee was carrying, but he refused to give it up.
"The suspect tried to yank it from his hand," Officer Katie Flood said. "The victim then attempted to punch the suspect. He missed and the suspect ran off in a northeast direction."
The employee wasn't injured in the struggle and the suspect got away empty handed.
But this isn't the first time this store has been targeted. The incident comes just one week after the store was burglarized.
In the early morning hours last Monday, police say a man smashed the front window with a brick to get inside. In less than a minute, he got away with $3,000 worth of merchandise and caused nearly $1,500 in damage.
"Though we don't have anything directly linking the two crimes, it is possible that they're connected," Officer Flood said.
Police are still searching for the suspect in both cases. He's described as a white male, early 20's, around 6 foot 1 and 165 pounds.