Police say a robbery suspect in Gwinnett County used a Taser to hold up a business. (Credit: Gwinnett County Police)

Cops: Kids nearby as man robs Fun-a-Thon indoor playground using Taser

Gwinnett County police said Wednesday that they are looking for a suspect in two robberies, one of which involved a Taser and had children present.

The suspected allegedy robbed the Fun-a-Thon, at 1097 block of Duluth Highway in unincorporated Lawrenceville, shortly after 3 p.m. on January 11, Gwinnett Police Cpl. Michele Pihera said in a news release. The indoor playground had children nearby while the robbery was happening.

According to detectives, an employee said a man armed with a Taser came into the business asking for the money out of the cash register. The suspect then fled with the cash. No employees or children were harmed during the robbery, Pihera said.

Authorities describe the suspect as a tall white male, 6-foot to 6-foot-3 inches tall, with a thin build, about 20-25 years old. He was wearing a gray hoodie, gray pants, with gray shoes, and a black jacket that covered his left hand. He covered his face with a black cloth and sunglasses.

Another robbery took place February 21, about 11:30 a.m. Officers responded to another Lawrenceville robbery at the Subway sandwich shop at 2100 Riverside Parkway.

The Subway employee told the police that the suspect walked to the register and said, “I’m a robber. Open the register,” according to detectives. The employee walked to the back office and opened a rear door that chimed. The suspect then fled the store empty handed. The suspect was wearing a dark hoodie, black pants, a jacket that covered his left hand, and sneakers, Pihera said in the release.

Anyone with information on either of these cases is asked to call the Gwinnett police robbery unit at (770) 513-5300 or Crime Stoppers at 404 577-TIPS (8477). Tipsters may also visit www.crimestoppersatlanta.org.

Crime Stoppers tipsters may remain anonymous and can receive up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment.

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