Armed robber still at large

Published 2:33 pm Wednesday, September 14, 2005

By By Adam Prestridge
Escambia County Sheriff's deputies are still searching for an armed assailant, who robbed the Fastlane Convenience Store located at 3493 Jack Springs Road Sunday evening.
The armed robbery occurred just after 4:15 p.m. after a black male entered the convenience store, according to the Escambia County Sheriff's Office (ECSO). The suspect went to the bathroom and came out wearing a mask over his face. He then proceeded to the counter and demanded the money from the clerks at gunpoint.
The clerks abided by his commands and gave him an undisclosed amount of money. He then fled the store to the back parking lot where the owner of the store and the suspect had an altercation, reports stated.
"When the robber ran out the back door, the owner ordered him to halt, but he didn't halt and he turned and pointed the gun and the owner fired one shot at the robber," Escambia County Sheriff Grover Smith said. "He got away."
During the altercation the money was dropped and the suspect fled the area.
Officers with the Atmore Police Department, Poarch Creek Police Department, Alabama State Troopers and the K-9 tracking team from Fountain Prison responded to the scene to attempt to locate the suspect. The K-9 team managed to track the suspect for approximately a quarter of a mile from the store when the track ended as if the suspect had been picked up by someone.
According to the ECSO, witnesses stated that an older model gray Chevrolet Caprice with rust down one side was seen in the area possibly attempting to pick up the suspect.
"The case is still under investigation," Smith said. "We're talking to some people and running down some information that we received."
The suspect is described as a black male possibly in his mid-20s. He is approximately 5-foot-10 and 160 pounds with a dark complexion and shaved head.
If you have any information about this crime contact the Escambia County Sheriff's Office at 251-809-0741 or 251-368-4779.

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