2 suspects try to rob Winn-Dixie, leave store with nothing

Two gunmen escaped with nothing after trying to rob a Winn-Dixie late Monday, Columbus police said.

No one was hurt in the robbery attempt at the 1627 S. Lumpkin Road grocery store, Capt. Renee McAneny said.

The attempted robbery happened two minutes before midnight as an assistant manager and employee were leaving for the night.

“When they went out to the parking lot, they were approached by two black males and they were ordered back into the store,” McAneny added.

One suspect stayed with the employee near the entrance while the other took the assistant manager to the store’s office. Once inside the office, the suspect tried to make the assistant manager open the safe, McAneny said.

“He was nervous,” McAneny said of the assistant manager. “He couldn’t get the safe open.”

At that point, the store’s alarm activated. The suspects then ran from the area with nothing, McAneny said.

One of the suspects is 26- to 28-years-old, 5-foot-10 to 6-foot and about 175-180 pounds. He wore a black shirt and a beige ball cap.

The other suspect is between 20- and 30-years-old, 5-foot-3 and slim. He wore a black sweater or sweatshirt, blue jeans, athletic shoes and a light blue or gray ball cap, the captain said.

Both suspects had silver handguns.