Massena police seek information on man who robbed cashier at knife point
Monday, November 25, 2013 - 5:40 pm

MASSENA -- Village police are looking into several leads in hopes of locating an armed robber who held a knife to a cashier’s throat Saturday at the Dollar Tree store in Harte Haven Plaza, Lt. Mark LaBrake said Monday afternoon.

Police have released a surveillance video, available at, and are asking for the public’s help in identifying the perpetrator. The video, which police acknowledge is “not great,” shows the suspect running behind Dunkin’ Donuts/Mountain Mart.

Police have several leads and witnesses and are “just putting everything together,” according to Investigator Jordan Jenks.

Police said a male entered the Dollar Tree and held a knife to a cashier’s throat and demanded money around 3:11 p.m. Saturday before fleeing the store with cash.

The suspect was described as a male over 6 feet tall, 170 to 190 pounds, with dark hair and scruffy, short facial hair. His face was uncovered. He was described as 20- to 25-years-old, light-skinned, with dark eyes, according to police.

He was wearing light-colored shorts, a number “10” red or burgundy colored Redskins jersey, a light tan Carhart or Dickie jacket, and a greenish colored winter skull cap, police said.

Several witnesses described a tribal tattoo on the right side of his neck. The tattoo was described as a yellow-and-black star design with a native warrior head/face in the center of the tattoo, according to police.

Videos from several local businesses are also under review by police, according to Jenks.

Anyone with information can call village police at 769-3577 or their crime tip line at 764-5508.