December 13, 2019

Police seek man in armed robbery> Pittsfield incident prompts wide search

PITTSFIELD — Police across the state are on the lookout for a knife-wielding Oklahoma man wanted in Pittsfield for armed robbery.

The suspect, Mike Blizzard, age unknown, is described as 5 feet 6 inches tall, 160 pounds, wearing a black cowboy hat and blue jeans and speaking with a southern accent. He is wanted for robbing and kidnapping his roommate in Pittsfield early Wednesday morning.

He last was seen running from Truckers’ International off Interstate 95 in Fairfield.

According to Pittsfield Police Officer Wilfred Dodge, James Terry, 49, of California and Blizzard were both employees of Magic Enterprises, a direct-sales company. They and several other salespeople were staying at the Landmark Motor Inn in Pittsfield.

Terry reported to police that he awoke about 2:30 a.m. to find Blizzard holding a knife to his throat. Blizzard guided Terry around the room at knifepoint, ordering him to get dressed. Blizzard took Terry’s wallet, shoes, and personal effects and then forced Terry to drive him to Fairfield.

Once at the truck stop, Terry told police that Blizzard got out of the car to get into the back seat while they were buying gas and Terry was able to drive off. Not being familiar with the area, Terry drove 20 miles back to Pittsfield to report the robbery.

Meanwhile, Fairfield police received a report from a trucker at Truckers’ International that he had been awakened by a man banging on his truck door, yelling for help. The man fit the description provided of Blizzard.

According to a report by Officer Scott Ward, the trucker became suspicious and refused to open the truck door. He then scared the man off, and while the man was running away the trucker noticed he was concealing a knife behind his back.

According to Fairfield Police Officer Darren Hooper, a search of the area did not locate Blizzard and police are not sure if he is still in the Fairfield area or if he hitched a ride with a different trucker.

Anyone with information about the man is asked to call the Pittsfield Police Department at 487-3101.

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