Clerk tied up during robbery at Westport cell phone store

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - An armed man used a phone cord to tie up a clerk during the robbery of a Verizon store in Westport.

The robbery occurred about 9 a.m. Saturday at the store at 4040 Mill St.

In a news release, Kansas City police said the suspect came into the store and asked about transferring data between phones.

He then pulled a silver revolver and forced the employee, Bailey Vanderhagen, into a stock room.

"He got the gun out and said give me all your money. He pushed me into the back where I thought he was going to kill me," Vanderhagen said.

The suspect grabbed three phone and then walked the employee back into the store, according to the release.

He forced Vanderhagen to the floor and tied her hands and legs with a phone cord.

The suspect also took money from Vanderhagen's purse, along with her driver's license.

"He took my driver's license before he left and told me he knew where I lived and if I called the cops he'd come find me and kill me," Vanderhagen said.

According to the store manager, the robber also took $275 from the cash register before leaving.

Police said the suspect is a black man, about 20 to 35 years old.

He's about 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs about 200 pounds with dark skin and short hair.

He wore a brown coat and a black and brown fur-lined hat, blue jeans and black tennis shoes.

Anyone with information should call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

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