Police investigating violent Whitaker Avenue armed robbery

Authorities say a man pulled out a gun and knocked an employee down during a robbery at a corner store.

Surveillance photo provided by Philadelphia Police

Police are looking for a man who was involved in a violent armed robbery Saturday, June 22, in the Lower Northeast.

The suspect entered Elsy’s Market, 5144 Whitaker Ave., just before 8 p.m. and walked around for several minutes before pulling out a black handgun, authorities said. 

Police said he demanded money and forced a 43-year-old employee to the register. The man struggled with the suspect over the gun, and eventually, the suspect knocked the employee down, according to authorities.

Anyone with information about the suspect or the robbery is asked to contact Northeast Detectives 215-686-3153/3154. All tips will be confidential. ••