Officers responded to a report of an armed robbery around 5:25 p.m. at a business in the 1100 block of Cedar Street. The suspect had entered the business and approached an employee with a demand note for money. The note also said he had a gun, police said.
The employee gave the man money and he then fled on a bicycle.
Arriving officers, along with a K-9 dog named Layko, searched for the suspect but could not find him.
The suspect is described as a black 28-year-old man standing about 6 feet 2 inches tall with a thin build. He was seen wearing a blue-and-white hooded sweatshirt and a blue-and-white beanie. He had on a black backpack and rode off on a BMX-style bicycle, police said.
No one was injured during the robbery, according to police.
Anyone with information about the armed robbery is encouraged to call Santa Cruz police at (831) 420-5820 or an anonymous tip line at (831) 420-5995.