CLEAR LAKE – A man allegedly walked into a popular downtown Clear Lake establishment, declared he was writing a book about “being black in North Iowa” and helped himself to some cash before leaving.
Clear Lake police confirm there was an incident at Rookies Bar, 307 Main Avenue, in downtown Clear Lake Tuesday night. Witnesses tell NIT that a man strolled into the bar and began to tell patrons that he was writing a book about “being black in North Iowa” and wanted to play pool as a league was in action. NIT is told that on his way into the bar, a person was at the back entrance smoking a cigarette, and the man walked up to her, got into her face and yelled “NO!” and then went inside. Once inside, the slender, youngish African-American man allegedly referred to himself as “Robinson” and essentially was annoying the pool players. It wasn’t long before he was spotted taking $56 off of a table (this was the fee for two teams of four people who were playing pool that night) and headed for the rear door.
“He burst out the back door and was mumbling to himself, and then took off sprinting down the alley towards the lake,” a witness told NIT. “And then a bunch of pool players came outside chasing after him … he had been in and out the whole night and wanted to play pool. It was like 5 seconds before they came out after him, but he was quick!”
Some of the pool players are still scratching their heads about why no one stopped the man when he initially grabbed the lettuce off the table next to the pool area.
“I’d call it a brazen act,” a woman told NIT. “I’m told the owner replaced the money, even though it was a fee to be paid to him. I just hope the dude doesn’t come back to the bar without expecting to answer for it.”
Police were eventually called to the bar, and they took some statements. Chief Pete Roth tells NIT that “The investigating officer is still attempting to identify the suspect.” NIT is told the man may live near Rookies, and there is possible video evidence of the incident.