Louisville man charged with robbery, attempted carjacking
By Wes Wade | (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Authorities have arrested and charged a man in connection with the robbery of a Louisville convenience store early last week and an attempted carjacking early Tuesday morning outside an Alcoa convenience store.
Nicholas Edward Hunley, 45, of Wrights Ferry Road, Louisville, was initially arrested by Alcoa Police officers at 2:26 a.m. Tuesday on a charge of public intoxication shortly after the attempted carjacking. Police have since charged him with robbery and attempted carjacking. He was being held in lieu of $17,855 bond pending a 1:30 p.m. Monday hearing in Blount County General Sessions Court.
Officers noticed Hunley walking in the area of the Krystal on Alcoa Highway nearly two hours after responding to an attempted carjacking at the Exxon located at 2758 Alcoa Highway.
Officers noticed Hunley had difficulty walking and detected an odor of alcohol on his person when they approached, according to an Alcoa Police Department arrest report. Hunley also had slurred speech and watery, bloodshot eyes, the report said.
When asked about his whereabouts, Hunley reportedly told officers he was coming from a friend’s house off of North Wright Road, but seemed confused about exactly where that house was located. Officers noted in the report that they had responded to an attempted carjacking at the Exxon at 12:50 a.m. and asked Hunley if he had been at the store. Hunley said he didn’t think he had been at that location, the report said.
According to the police report concerning that incident, a 31-year-old Alcoa woman reported she and her 4-year-old son were parked at a gas pump outside the business when her 30-year-old husband went inside the store to pay for gas.
The woman said a man opened the door and sat down in the driver seat. She reached for the keys, but the man grabbed her hand and tried to start the car. The woman then used her other hand to blow the horn.
The man then jumped out of the car and ran around the building. Both the woman, her husband and the clerk inside the store described the subject in a similar manner.
When officers located Hunley on Airport Highway, they took him into custody as a suspect in the attempted carjacking. He was also cited on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia after officers reported finding a crack pipe in his pocket.
Hunley has since been charged in connection with the May 20 robbery of the Pilot located at 1907 Marriott Drive in Louisville. The clerk in that incident told police that a white male entered the store and purchased a cigarette lighter before beginning to walk out the door. Before the door closed, the suspect immediately ran back inside the store and charged toward the clerk, jumping over the counter and wrestling the cash register from his hands.
The suspect then grabbed cash from the register and fled on foot toward Meadow Land Apartments on Wrights Ferry Road.