Crime Strikes Main Street
At approximately 9:40 p.m. last Sunday, Feb. 25, Gibson’s Bakery was robbed by a man wielding a knife. The unidentified assailant made off with the contents of the cash register and a 40-ounce beer. Gibson’s employees notified the Oberlin Police Department and reported that 20-year-old Oberlin resident Chaz Gutierrez had just been robbed at knifepoint. Gutierrez had been working as a cashier when a man approached the counter, ostensibly to purchase a beer. The man then demanded that Gutierrez give him the money in the register.
“I thought he was joking so I laughed but then he pulled out a knife and grabbed me,” said Gutierrez. “He put it to my neck and said, ‘If you don’t give me the money I’ll [expletive] stab you.’”
Gutierrez acquiesced and opened the cash register. He then walked toward the back of the store as the man had demanded. The man then fled in an unknown direction. No one was harmed in the robbery.
According to Gutierrez, the suspect was a black male of 30-40 years of age, about 5’11” and 190 pounds. The suspect had a mustache and was wearing blue jeans, a black jacket and a hoodie. At this time, the Oberlin Police Department has not identified any suspects.
When asked about the history of crime at the bakery, owner and namesake Allyn Gibson said, “We haven’t really had that much in outright robbery. There’s plenty of shoplifting from time to time but that’s it.”
Gibson declined to comment on the amount of money taken.