Via the Fort Madison Police Department

On Tuesday evening, November 7th, 2023, at approximately 7:45 PM, Fort Madison Officers were summoned to Hardeeā€™s at 1431 Avenue H for an armed robbery. The subject was last seen fleeing
west out of the building. It was learned a lone male subject entered the premises displaying a large knife demanding money. His features were disguised by a hooded sweatshirt and face mask. When refused, he punched the manager in the face, cutting the back of his left hand, and fled when a patron stepped in to confront him. Fort Madison Fire & Rescue provided first aid to the store manager. She was subsequently transported to the hospital by Lee County EMS. Detectives conducted interviews and collected evidence while officers and a K-9 team searched the area. It was noted that there existed distinct similarities to an October 7th robbery at Dollar General, giving cause to believe that the same person is responsible for both crimes. Currently, the suspect remains at large. The Police Department is seeking a white male, short with a stocky build, and brown hair, with a bleeding injury to the back of his left hand. His clothing included a black hooded sweatshirt, black facemask, white shoes, and black sweatpants. He also wore an untucked red undershirt that was visible below the waistline. Surveillance photos from the store cameras are ending. Tips can be submitted anonymously to Lee County Crime Stoppers by calling: 319-376-1090, their website at:, or via the P3 Mobile App, and may be eligible for a cash reward. Otherwise, information can be submitted directly to the Fort Madison Police Department via LeeComm (319)372-1310.

Mark A. Rohloff
Chief of Police

Written by: Leah Jones

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