by Jacki Mick
At about 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 29, Etoile Boutique was robbed. During the robbery, the employee on duty at the Milk District shop was tied up and assaulted by a man in his mid-40s who stands about 5 feet 10 inches. We spoke with the owner, Falon Quillen, who is eager to see the man who violated her store brought to justice. She says, "In eight years of business, I never thought this could happen, because our community is so tight."
Here are details on the robbery as told on the Etoile Boutique website:
After much debating, we have decided to go public with a traumatic incident that occurred yesterday in broad daylight. At around 6 p.m., this man (mid-40s, about 5 feet 10 inches African American wearing a red and black backpack) robbed our store and assaulted our clerk. We are looking for any help you may be able to give us and the Orlando police department in finding this man who has threatened our community. Please email email@example.com if you have any information. We will be closed through Monday for clean up and will be taking the necessary in-store safety measures to stop this from ever happening again. Etoile is our second home and we will do everything in our power to protect it. Thank you for any help you may be able to give us and please be safe out there.
UPDATE: OPD has released the following incident report:
Incident: Commercial Robbery- Etoile Boutique (2424 East Robinson Street)
On August 29, 2014, at approximately 6:00 p.m., the victim was working in Etoile Boutique, located at 2424 East Robinson Street, when the suspect entered the store and pretended to be shopping for shoes. After being inside the store for a short time, the suspect indicated he was armed with a firearm, and demanded the victim give him the money from the cash register. She complied with his commands. The suspect then bound the victim’s hands and feet so that she could not move. The victim tried to escape and the suspect punched the victim several times. The victim managed to escape by crawling out the front door of the business which alerted persons passing by. The suspect ran in a southern direction, away from the scene. No firearm was seen but the suspect implied that he had a firearm in his red and black backpack.
The suspect is described as a dark skinned, black male, between the age of 40-50 years of age, 5’10”-6’0 tall, weighing about 160-180 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. The suspect is not believed to be involved in the Bank of America ATM Robberies.
Below is a sketch of the robber. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the authorities if you have any information.