Photo of Alcoa Highway armed robbery suspect released
From Staff Reports
Alcoa Police have released a surveillance photo of the suspect who robbed an Alcoa Highway convenience store this past weekend and are seeking the public’s help in the case.
The suspect is responsible for the early Saturday morning armed robbery of the BP gas station at 4228 Alcoa Highway in Louisville.
A clerk at the convenience store reported that just after 12 a.m. Saturday he was emptying coffee containers inside the store when a man wearing a black mask and white sock over his hand entered the business.
The man pointed his hand at the clerk and ordered him behind the counter, according to the Alcoa Police report. The clerk said it appeared the subject was holding a small firearm in his hand under the sock. The employee complied with the man’s demands and walked behind the counter, where he was ordered to open the cash register.
While the suspect was walking toward the counter, he pointed what appeared to be the firearm just inches from the clerk’s head. The employee said he complied with the suspect’s demands, emptying the register and placing the money into a black canvas-type bag the suspect was carrying.
The man then ordered the employee to a back room, where he also took money from the cash box and night deposit.
At that point the clerk was ordered to stay in the room. The suspect told him, “If you call the police, I will come back and kill you,” the report said.
The man then left the building and fled on foot toward Starlite Drive with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Alcoa Police officers and Blount County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded and set up a perimeter around the business for a search dog. The track, which was started moments following the robbery, led authorities up Starlite Drive and ended near Reed Road.
The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact Alcoa Detective Kris Sanders at 865-380-4964.