Denison Police are searching for a suspect who allegedly robbed a hobbyist at gun-point Thursday evening and took his metal detector and shovel.


Lt. Mike Eppler said the male victim was searching for items on a property near the intersection of North Perry Avenue and West Elm Street shortly after 5:30 p.m., when a white passenger vehicle stopped and a man approached him.


“He came up to the victim and said he knew that he had money or coins on him,” Eppler said. “At that point he tried to wrestle the metal detector away, then he pulled out a handgun and pointed it at the victim.”


Eppler said the victim abandoned his equipment and ran for safety, while the suspect fled with the stolen items as a passenger in the car. No shots were fired and the man was not injured. It was unclear whether the man actually had any coins or valuables on his person.


“He did the right thing,” Eppler said of the victim. “When it comes to something like that, you want to protect your life any way you can. Just let them have it — that’s the best thing to do.”


The victim described the suspect as a black male, standing approximately six feet tall with a bulky frame. Those with knowledge of the suspect’s identity or the incident are encouraged to call the Denison Police Department at 903-465-2422.


Eppler said the suspect, if caught, could face an aggravated robbery charge.