HOOVER, Ala. (WIAT) — UPDATE (2/14): The Hoover Police Department has made an arrest in a strong-arm robbery last week.
Gerald Geralmee Varise, 28, is accused of robbing a teenager at the Target located at 5561 Grove Blvd just after 3:30 p.m. Feb. 7. Varise allegedly approached the vehicle the victim was in and tried to take money out of a purse. When the victim tried to fight back, they were sprayed by Varise with pepper spray.
Varise has been charged with third-degree robbery and criminal use of a defense spray. He is currently being held in the Jefferson County Jail on a $30,000 bond.
ORIGINAL (2/8): Police are working to identify suspects in a strong-arm robbery.
On Friday, February 7, around 3:30 p.m. Hoover Police responded to the parking lot of Target, located on Grove Boulevard, on a strong-arm robbery.
Officers made contact with a teenage victim reporting he was sitting inside of his mother’s vehicle when he was approached by a man. The suspect reached into the victim’s vehicle and attempted to take an undetermined amount of cash from a purse, police report. When the victim tried to stop the theft, he was sprayed with pepper spray by the suspect. After taking property from the victim, the suspect fled the area in a white, four-door passenger car driven by another man.
The victim was treated at the scene for exposure to pepper spray by Hoover Fire medics.
Hoover Police released a surveillance image of the suspects taken prior to the robbery. If anyone recognizes either suspect or has any information about this case, please contact Sergeant Daniel Lowe at 205-739-6762. If you wish to remain anonymous and qualify for a cash reward, you are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers of Metro Alabama at 205-254-7777.