MERIDIAN -- Police are looking for a man who they say robbed a woman at gunpoint Wednesday night in Meridian.
"I'm very shocked. I've lived here for 20 years," said Shirley Davis, who lives in the area. "We've never had that kind of action in our neighborhood."
We found Davis taking groceries to her car in the parking lot of the Albertsons grocery store at Cherry Lane and Meridian Road, where the woman was robbed.
"I get off work at 11 at night and I stop over here frequently," said Davis. "I will keep my eyes peeled now because we're just not used to this sort of thing happening here."
Police say Wednesday at about 9:45 p.m. Wednesday, a woman was walking to her car when a man pulled up, got out of his truck and pointed a light-colored handgun in her face. That man demanded her wallet, which she gave him, and he drove off to the south.
"She was very shook up, as anybody would be in those circumstances," said Meridian Police Lt. Scott Colaianni. "However, she was very strong and was able to give us some good information."
The woman describes the man as white, in his mid to late 20s, six-feet tall, and about 180 pounds with a slender build. She says he was wearing a baggie button-up collared shirt that was white with red stripes, blue jeans, and a ball cap.
Police were able to pull a picture of the man's vehicle from security camera video. They say it's an early 2000s white Ford, (probably) extended cab 4x4 pickup truck with a black bed liner.
Colaianni says he's thankful no one got hurt and says a lot of credit for that goes to the woman who kept her cool while she was being robbed with a gun in her face. "She did everything correctly. She followed the demands exactly. She remained calm as much as you can. She gave him the purse, and no one was injured."
Colaianni says these crimes are rare, but people can learn from what she did. "There's nothing you have that's worth getting hurt over, at all. Typically, these people just want something, give them that and move on, and be a good witness."
Police say they searched the area immediately after the robbery, but weren't able to find any sign of the suspect. They spent Thursday following up with possible witnesses.
If you have any information on the suspect, the crime, or think you may have seen something in the area last night, police want to hear from you. You can call Meridian Police at 846-7300.
Tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS, or Ada County Dispatch at 377-6790.