Police are looking for a man who allegedly kidnapped and robbed a customer at a grocery store Wednesday night.
John Waldock, 24, said he’d seen the suspect before last weekend when he offered to shovel the snow around his car at his South Fountain Avenue home. The man, who identified himself as “Tom” and was a white male about 5-feet, 7-inches tall and weighing 150 pounds with a shaved head and no facial hair, said he needed money to get back to Columbus. Waldock said he didn’t give him any money.
The same man approached Waldock on Wednesday when he entered the Kroger on South Limestone Street, again asking for money. He followed Waldock to the Speedway on South Limestone Street. Waldock said he eventually agreed to buy the man some food at Kroger, and accompanied him back to the store.
When the suspect went down a food aisle, Waldock said he tried to flee. But the man followed him to the car, holding the driver’s side door open and taking the keys from the ignition. Waldock said the man then forced him to move into the passenger seat and the suspect then drove to the Security National Bank on North Limestone Street, where he made Waldock withdraw $50. The suspect drove to Parkwood Avenue, where he got out of the car and fled, Waldock said.
“It’s all a blur, even thinking about it now,” he said. “Fear struck me once or twice. But I thought I am in God’s hands.”
Springfield police searched the area for the suspect but were unable to locate him. Anyone with information can call 937-324-7716.