Subway robbery suspect apprehended
From Staff Reports
Alcoa Police detectives arrested a Rockford man Wednesday in connection with an aggravated robbery at a Subway restaurant Tuesday night.
Tony Lee Light, 24, Tammy Circle, Rockford, was charged with aggravated robbery.
He was also served with five arrest warrants for four counts of violation of probation granted after misdemeanor convictions — theft by shoplifting, two counts of theft and DUI — and a warrant from Blount County Circuit Court for violation of probation granted after a felony conviction on a charge of introduction of contraband into a penal facility.
Light was being held without bond on the felony violation of probation charge pending a Jan. 28 hearing in Blount County Circuit Court. He was held in lieu of $52,472 bond on the aggravated robbery and misdemeanor violation of probation charges.
He is scheduled to appear at a 1:30 p.m. Jan. 28 hearing in Blount County General Sessions Court on the aggravated robbery charge and Jan. 30 hearings on the misdemeanor violation of probation charges.
Light will not be able to post bond until after the Jan. 28 hearing for the felony violation of probation charge.
Alcoa Police officers responded to Subway, 2919 Old Knoxville Highway, Alcoa, at about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday to a report of a robbery. An employee reported that a man entered the restaurant and ordered a sandwich.
When he went to pay, the man handed a note to the employee stating that he had a gun, and demanded that the employee place the cash from the register into a bag. The man then took the money, as well as the sandwich he had ordered, and fled the restaurant in a maroon four-door sedan.
Detectives interviewed witnesses and obtained surveillance video at the restaurant, and were able to make still shots from the video, according to a news release from the Alcoa Police Department. Police provided the photographs of the suspect to a Knoxville TV station, which aired them Tuesday night. A viewer called police Wednesday morning after recognizing the suspect as Light.
Alcoa detectives provided information on the suspect to a Blount County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) detective who knew Light. The BCSO detective was able to assist them in locating Light at his home Wednesday, where Alcoa detectives arrested him.