Police investigating Alcoa armed robbery
From Staff Reports
Alcoa Police are investigating an armed robbery that reportedly took place at an Alcoa Highway convenience store early Sunday morning.
Officers responded to the Exxon, 2758 Airport Highway, after receiving a call that a 25-year-old Maryville woman had reported being robbed at gunpoint. The victim told officers that she had been out drinking with her cousin and had received a ride from a friend. She said the group stopped at the gas station and she recognized an acquaintance and the two struck up a conversation.
At some point she started talking to a black male at another pump. She advised police that she thought the man was an acquaintance of her friend. She said she got into his vehicle and that he was supposed to drive her back to the pump where her friend’s vehicle was located.
The man drove behind the store, pulled a gun on her and demanded her money, she said. When she told him that the only money she had was her tax refund, he took $200, but let her keep $40, she said. The man then let her out behind the store, according to her account to police. The robbery reportedly occurred around 3:30 a.m. Sunday.
A clerk at the gas station phoned police after the victim came back to the store asking customers for a ride and recounting the robbery, the report states.
The suspect was described as a stocky, black male with dreadlocks.