Editor's Note: This article was updated at 9:47 p.m. Tuesday.
A white man wearing a wig and brandishing what appeared to be a handgun tried to rob the Dunkin Donuts at 230 Roosevelt Drive at around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Police said the suspect fled on foot prior to officers arrival, leaving behind customers and employees who were frightened, but unharmed.
A witness told Patch Tuesday night that an employee ran out of the store when the gunman pointed his weapon at her and that her co-worker also ran away, and that both girls were pursued before the suspect fled.
Capt. Michael Flick said the man, who did not manage to make off with any money, ran around to the back of the building and into the woods. Police canines followed a scent to Cottage Street, near Route 111, where Flick believes a vehicle was waiting for the robber.
While driving along Monroe Turnpike, the suspect tossed the wig — which one witness described as a long blonde wig — and the gun, which police said turned out to be a pellet gun resembling a real handgun.
Police said the suspect was wearing a winter jacket. Another witness, who spoke to Patch said she had heard it was blue.
Flick said the initial 911 call did not come from inside the building. "People in the parking lot saw the man with a gun," he said. "We didn't initially know we had a robbery."
The store was closed at 4:30 as detectives investigated at the scene.
"Detectives will be reviewing the video from inside the store and see if the other establishments have any interior video," Flick said.
Police ask anyone who saw a suspicious person or vehicle on Cottage Street, in the area between the Post Office and Downs Road, between 4:20 and 4:40 p.m. to call the Monroe Police Department's Detective Bureau at (203) 261-3622.