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Armed man robs Lakewood psychic’s shop during weekend D&D game

February 19, 2019 GMT

Armed man robs Lakewood psychic’s shop during weekend D&D game

LAKEWOOD, Ohio -- A psychic and owner of a Lakewood boutique told police that someone barged into her store with a gun Sunday afternoon and robbed the place amid a Dungeons & Dragons gathering that took place in the basement.

No one was hurt during the robbery that happened about 1:30 p.m. at Bear Soul Studio on Madison Avenue just east of Barrio. Owner, Lisa Owen called police to say that a man barged into her store and held her at gunpoint, according to a 911 call.

She said the man “totally disappeared” which made her believe someone was waiting for him to get away, she told a dispatcher.

The man wore a scarf around his face, but his eyes were exposed, Owen said, and had black eyeliner underneath his eyes, she said.

The man pulled a gun out of his pants and demanded money, she said. She told the dispatcher that he got away with about $100 because she didn’t have a lot of business that day.

“So that, that was ridiculous,” she said to the dispatcher. ” You know, I said, ‘I don’t have any money.’ He’s like, ‘Give me the money.’ I’m like, ‘Seriously?’ I thought he was joking. And then he pulls out this weapon and I’m like, ‘What?’”

The store, which sells gemstones, rocks, jewelry and artwork by Owen, opened up in August 2018. Owen also does psychic readings and holds workshops.

Owen hopes people don’t feel unsafe to come to her shop.

“People have said, ‘Your store looks so pretty,’” Owen said. “The only thing that keeps popping up in my head is him saying, ’I know you have money. I really didn’t have any money. What did I do to attract that?”

What happened is a rare occurrence to Owen’s shop, she said. The community has gotten to know Owen and she has gotten to know the community too, she said.

“People know that I’m very personable” and want patrons to feel safe in the store, she said. “My goal is to find out what can be done.”

Lakewood police Capt. Leslie Watkins said the fact that the store is new might have made it a target. Detectives are continuing to investigate and no arrests have been made as of Tuesday afternoon.

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