Robber nabs 'small amount' of cash in Subway stickup

Casey Grove

Anchorage police are on the lookout for a man who robbed a Subway sandwich shop Wednesday morning just south of Dowling Road.

The robber came into the Subway at 6110 Old Seward Highway about 8:30 a.m., police spokeswoman Anita Shell said. He hid his face with a black T-shirt and wore a dark, hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans, Shell said.

Brandishing a handgun, the man demanded money, Shell said. There were no customers in the store, and one of the three employees on shift handed the man cash from the till, the police spokeswoman said. Shell would not say how much money was stolen, but called it "a small amount."

The robber left the Subway headed west, Shell said. He is described as a Hispanic man in his 20s, about 5 feet, 6 inches tall and 185 pounds, Shell said. Police ask that anyone with information about the robber's identity call 786-8900 or, to remain anonymous, call 561-STOP.

Wednesday's robbery follows similar stickups at Subway restaurants in August, September and October of 2011. In each of those cases, a lone man brandished a handgun stole a small amount of cash, each robbery occurring during the first few days of the month.

In October, a man police identified as Alvin Archa was arrested after he tried to rob the Subway on Northern Lights Boulevard, near Spenard Road. Employees refused to give Archa money and held him down until police arrived.

Reach Casey Grove at or 257-4589.