Published: May 14, 2013 3:32 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla.- Lee County Sheriff's deputies are searching for the suspect accused of robbing El Cafetal Market, located at 2090 Beacon Manor Dr., on Friday as five children stood by.

The victims say the suspect was wearing a long-sleeve, dark blue, shirt with light colored shorts and a white shirt wrapped around his face. The man allegedly brandished a black handgun and demanded money, before jumping over the counter, taking cash from the register and fleeing the store.

A white shirt was located in the parking lot, and additional articles of clothing were found in a parking lot nearby. K9 units tracked the suspect to America's Best Value Inn, located at 11501 S. Cleveland Ave., but he was not located.

If you have any information about this crime, you are asked to call SWFL Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS.