Armed robbers flee after purse theft at mall

An armed robbery was reported at 11:50 a.m. Wednesday at Marshall Town Center, according to Marshalltown Police.

A woman said she was heading into the east entrance of the mall when two males brandishing what she believed was a handgun approached her. The suspects took the victim’s purse and fled east from the mall area. They were not located by police, which also brought out the K9 team for a search.

Nearby Hoglan Elementary School went into a shelter in place, where exterior doors were locked and nobody was allowed in or out of the school for approximately an hour until 1:15 p.m. The measure was put in place after a recommendation by the police department and school went on inside as normal.

Anyone who has information on the incident, or saw something in the mall area, is asked to call Marshalltown Police at 641-754-5725.