Police officers swarmed the Spokane Valley Mall Friday night after reports of an armed robbery inside a mall arcade.

The suspect is described as a white male in his late 20's or early 30's, heavy set and wearing a black beanie and black hooded sweatshirt with a white bandana covering his face. He was carrying a long-barreled gun similar to a rifle or shotgun.

After the robbery the suspect fled the scene. Police set up a perimeter and shut down and evacuated hundreds of movie-goers from the theater next door as a precaution but did not find him inside.

A search of the mall is underway.

We will continue to update this story as new details develop.