Columbia police still searching for suspect in WalMart armed robbery

UPDATE: The vehicle is a white 2002 Ford Taurus with Missouri registration. The family notified the officer with the correction.

Columbia police are searching for a suspect in an armed robbery that began in the West Broadway Wal-Mart parking lot at about 10:24 p.m. Tuesday.

The victim gave the suspect a ride from the Wal-Mart Super Center. Once the victim started to drive, the suspect pulled out a handgun and demanded the victim drive to the victimâ??s bank to withdraw money.

Sometime during the ride to the bank, the suspect struck the victim on the head and facial area with the handgun, causing minor injuries.

The victim drove to his bank on Broadway and withdrew money. The suspect took the victim's vehicles, keys, wallet and electronics. The victim then exited the vehicle and ran to the police department for assistance.

The suspect stole a white 2002 Ford Focus Taurus with Missouri registration.

He is described as a black male, 5'8" with a slender build in his late 20s to early 30s. He was last seen wearing a black jacket, dark jeans, stocking cap, gloves, and armed with a handgun.

If anyone has any information about this incident, contact the Columbia Police Department or Crime Stoppers at (573) 875-TIPS.