Man flees after unsuccessful robbery
By Wes Wade | (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Police are looking for a man who attempted to rob the Kenjo Market on East Broadway Avenue early Sunday morning.
A night clerk at the convenience store, which is located at 2003 E. Broadway Ave. in Maryville, told police that he went to take the trash out at around 1:40 a.m. Sunday and when he returned inside, a man followed him behind the counter.
The clerk said the man was about 5 feet 6 inches tall to 6 feet tall and was wearing dark blue jeans, a blue polo shirt with white stripes and a beanie with the number 18 on it, the police report states.
Once behind the counter, the clerk said, the man grabbed his arm, brandished a knife and demanded money. The clerk advised that he hit a key on the register and told the man that he could not open the drawer. The man then fled when the clerk told him he had tripped a silent alarm and that police were responding, the report states.
The clerk advised that the man ran onto Seventh Street and headed up the hill towards East Lincoln Road without receiving any money.
Maryville Police Chief Tony Crisp said officers performed a K-9 track in the area and recovered the knife used in the attempted robbery, which Crisp described as a kitchen steak knife.
Crisp said it’s too early to say if Sunday’s incident was related to the Aug. 15 robbery at Domino’s on West Broadway Avenue in Maryville. A knife was used in both instances.
“We don’t know if those are related at this time,” Crisp said. “Certainly we’ll look at that possibility, but at this point we’re not saying the two are connected.”
Crisp said the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information can call the Maryville Police Crime Hotline at 380-1380.