Police are searching for a robber who faked having a handgun and demanded money from a business Wednesday afternoon in east Phoenix, according to a police spokeswoman.

Sgt. Mercedes Fortune said officers were called to the 1600 block of North 44th Street on Wednesday afternoon on reports of an armed robbery.

Witnesses at the scene told police that a heavyset man wearing a dark baseball cap entered the business, pretended he had a handgun and obtained money before he left the scene on foot, Fortune said.

Fortune would not provide the name of the business, saying it was a victim.

The investigation is ongoing, Fortune said.

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