DENVER (CBS4) – Denver police are searching for a man they say robbed a cupcake store armed with a syringe.

The robbery happened at Gigi’s Cupcakes at 550 Grant Street. The thief got away with a small amount of cash.

The shop owner describes the robbery as “creepy” because the syringe that was used to threaten the clerk was said to be filled with “AIDS-infected” blood.

According to clerk Kendra Jackson, the suspect pulled out the syringe and threatened to stick a patron if another clerk didn’t comply with his demands.

“He had a syringe that he said was filled with blood that had been infected with AIDS and he said he was going to stick her if he didn’t open up the cash registers,” Jackson said.

The clerk quickly turned over about $300. Nobody got hurt, but employees were clearly shaken, according to Gigi’s owner Carrie Bach.

“I think that really intimidated my staff,” Bach said.

Jackson had just gone on break and was standing outside Gigi’s when she saw the bandit escape.

“I saw a man cross the street and he almost got hit by a car and he had no reaction. He had his hands in pockets, hood on his head,” Jackson said.

She shared her description with the first police units on scene. They scoured the neighborhood but failed to find the needle-wielding bandit.

The same man had been seen panhandling in front of the store just minutes before he robbed the place. Bach claims panhandling and drug dealing are a growing problem in her neighborhood and it’s not being addressed.

“I would say the cops have been supportive but they have also been clear that when it comes to crime there are priorities and panhandling and drug dealing is not a priority,” Bach said.

Denver police spokesman Sonny Jackson said panhandling is legal in Denver and he said the rights of all citizens are respected by the police. At the same time Jackson said, “We don’t’ want people to feel their quality of life is being threatened by aggressive panhandling.”

Aggressive panhandling is against the law in Denver.

“Fighting all crime is a priority for Denver police,” Jackson said.

Panhandlers continue to cause problems around the store. Since the robbery police had been called three other times.

Comments (21)
  1. Ugine Rodriguez says:

    Reminds me of the time I saw a guy hold up a syringe store with a cup cake.

  2. Mike says:

    Is the picture above showing the badge the criminal was wearing?

  3. Jenn says:

    Someone needs to spell check their stories before putting them up on the web. Two misspelled words in the first sentence, now that is just embarrassing.

  4. Anon says:

    lol. Liberal chickens coming home to roost.

  5. Thor says:

    Since drug crime enforcement is not a priority, expect this type of thing to become the new normal.

    Defend thyself, citizen. When seconds count the police are minutes away.

  6. Mary says:

    He should threatetened to break a GE CFL bulb…

  7. Sounds like when Cartman infected Kyle with the HIV virus.

    That took place in Colorado too, right?

  8. Gibbs Bentley says:

    “Giving every man a vote has no more made men wise and free than Christianity has made them good. ” ~ H. L. Mencken


  9. denvervet says:

    Pretty sick comment on here. This is a serious crime and innocent people were involved. If it were you you would be telling a different story. This is a copycat crime, a woman held up a bank with a syringe lately and it was on CNN. I am glad everyone is ok, it could have gone worse. Definately a druggy needing drugs.

  10. sean patriot says:

    Thats biological terrorism and that man needs to be SHOT ON SITE.

  11. tramky says:

    Too bad there weren’t one or two guys who could have overwhelmed this guy. Pinned him to the floor and given HIM the stick of the full contents of the syringe into his butt and sent him on his way. That would be justice.

    1. Anon says:

      first, you’d have to find one or two MEN in Denver with a pair.

  12. stempyjj says:

    He’s all for hope & change. Change especially.

  13. Rocky says:

    To bad the car didn’t hit and kill the POS if he was in fact the thug. Agree with the earlier post – biological terrorists need to be shot on site. Sound extreme? Imagine if you were the hostage to this unprovoked robbery/threat….

  14. August says:

    Why aren’t the social services agencies helping him?


  15. James says:

    Colorado issues CC permits… I fail to see why this guy is still alive.

    1. Thor says:

      The innocent and timid of heart are victims because they believe their defense is best left to others. That the community accepts this type of activity is demonstrated by the admission that the filth is at their doors.

  16. The_Saxon says:

    Folks, this has been happening for years in Europe. My college Spanish instructor in 1995 said he got held up in Spain by a guy with a syringe filled with blood the the perp said was infected with HIV. You see? Getting rid of all the guns will stop all crime.

  17. Non Sequitur says:

    If people are using aids tainted blood to commit crime, then its time to outlaw the posession aids tainted blood. That is the reason why we can’t own baseball bats, machettes or powerful dogs right?

  18. Catmanus says:

    There’s no such thing as “AIDS infected blood.” I would have called his bluff and attacked him.

  19. Jcarpra says:

    This is why all bum animals need to be rounded up and sent to government euthanization camps.