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Courtesy Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department
The Freedom Express in Leesburg was robbed this afternoon by a man who may have had a woman and two children in his vehicle, the Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department said.

Convenience store robbed at knifepoint

A Leesburg convenience store was robbed at knifepoint this afternoon by a man whose getaway car may have included a pregnant woman and two children, the Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department said today.

A clerk at the Freedom Express gas station in Leesburg called 911 just before 1:30 p.m. to report the robbery, the sheriff's department said in a statement. It said the getaway vehicle may have been a tan minivan that appeared to leave north on North Main Street.

The robber was described as a white man in his mid- to late 20s, with short, blond hair that was spiked on top, the statement said. He had a thin build, was about 5-feet-6 to 5-feet-8 inches tall, and weighed 120 to 130 pounds. He had partial facial growth or stubble, and wore a black T-shirt with blue jeans.

The statement said the front-seat passenger in the getaway vehicle was a woman with short, brown curly hair, possibly a permanent. Two children were in the vehicle, it said; one was described as possibly a 4- to 6-year-old girl with blonde hair.

The man filled his vehicle with gas and entered the store, retrieving grocery items, the statement said. He said his wife had been to a doctor's appointment for her pregnancy the previous day.

As he approached the clerk, he brandished a black-handled, single-bladed knife and demanded cash, the statement said. He fled in the van with an undisclosed amount of currency.

The sheriff's department is asking for assistance with any information that might help with investigating the robbery. If you have information, call the central dispatch line at 574-267-5667 or the anonymous tip line at 574-372-2494.

Sheriff's deputies were assisted by Milford police and Indiana State Police.