Police: Armed robbery suspect showed gun at Altoona restaurant, spurring area lockdown

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ALTOONA — Police locked down the area surrounding Prairie Meadows and Adventureland off of NE Hubbell Ave and Adventureland Dr following a Friday morning armed robbery at Spectators Bar & Grill.

“About 7:35 a.m. this morning we got a call that there was a robbery at Spectators [Bar & Grill] and there was a male that had a gun and showed it. There were no injuries, though,” said Sgt. Alyssa Wilson with the Altoona Police Department. “Right now we are actively looking for that suspect. That’s why we’ve asked people to kind of stay away from the area so we can make sure he’s no longer in the area and there is no threat to the public.”

Police describe the suspect as a black male, 5’5″ and 150 pounds with a white button-up shirt, blue pants and dark hat.

Additional suspect photos (Altoona Police Department)

“Thank you all for your patience while the Altoona Police Department, SWAT and surrounding EMS crews conducted a thorough search of the Altoona area for a robbery suspect,” Spectators wrote in a Facebook post. “We appreciate their hard work and we appreciate everyone’s patience while this situation was dealt with by the proper authorities. Thank you to all the emergency crews for ensuring our safety!”

Spectators will be closed until 4 p.m. Friday, but Adventureland park, hotel and campground were all reopened around 11:15 a.m.

11:21 a.m.: Spectators Bar & Grill to remain closed until 4 p.m.

111:14 a.m.: Adventureland reopened, no threat found

9:50 a.m.: Adventureland still closed, but Prairie Meadows open

Stay with Local 5 as we continue to update you on this developing story.

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