Knife used as weapon

Published 10:44 am Wednesday, September 7, 2011

An alleged armed robbery ended with a minor wreck and brief chase Monday before officers nabbed the suspect, police said.

Shato Byron Gray, 33, of Atmore was taken into custody Monday afternoon on charges of robbery after he allegedly stole an undisclosed amount of money from the Fast Lane No. 2 gas station on South Main Street.

Atmore police received a robbery call from the service station at 12:39 p.m., officers said.

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Once officers arrived on the scene, the clerk reported “a black male entered the store armed with a weapon.”

The clerk on duty at the time of the alleged robbery was not injured in the incident.

After leaving the store, the subject reportedly fled north on Main Street in a silver Dodge Intrepid.

Gray was arrested after police said he ran onto a curb at the corner of Main Street and Church Street and then led officers on a brief foot pursuit.

The weapon, reportedly a knife, and money were found on Gray’s person at the time of his arrest, police said.

He was transported to the Escambia County Detention Center in Brewton, where he was charged with first-degree robbery.