Federal Way police are searching for a suspect who robbed New Era Cuts and Styles on Wednesday.
A single employee was at the barber shop at about 8:15 p.m. when a man wearing a bandana over the lower portion of his face walked in. He was holding a black handgun.
The suspect took the employee’s wallet, which held his identification, Social Security card and $40, and his keys.
The employee told police the suspect didn’t believe there was no more money so he went over to the business’s cabinets. He then told the employee to go into the store’s bathroom and lock the door, to which the employee complied.
The suspect broke the glass in front of a vending machine and stole an unknown amount of Hershey chocolate bars. During a police investigation, officers found an unfired bullet lying in front of the vending machine and collected it as evidence.
The employee said he thought he recognized the suspect and that he had seen him in front of the barber shop the previous day.
An officer said the suspect’s clothing description matches that of someone else who has been committing armed robberies.
Nearby business employees told police they may have also seen a man matching the suspect’s description in the area.
Federal Way police spokeswoman Cathy Schrock said police have identified a “possible” suspect but are still actively investigating this case.
New Era Cuts and Styles is located at 29500 Pacific Highway S., near Clever Rebel Tattoo and Social Club Young’s Vape and Smoke.