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Cops nab alleged Sonic bandit

Already facing theft and violation of probation charges, a Knoxville man was scheduled to go on trial this week for the alleged armed robbery of Sonic Drive-In restaurant just outside of Farragut May 7.

Rocky Wayne Hall Jr., 22, was charged with three counts of aggravated kidnapping, and one count each of aggravated robbery and resisting arrest, according to the Knox County Court Clerk’s office.

Hall was scheduled to appear in “Felony Court” Wednesday, May 16 (after press deadline), where he also faced a charge of drug manufacturing delivery (cocaine), according to Officer Buckner, PBX operator at Knox County Detention Facility.

Hall was apprehended by “officers and detectives with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office” around 4:15 p.m., Wednesday, May 9, at Third Creek Bike Trail off Sutherland Avenue, according to a KCSO media relations statement.

Hall allegedly stopped at Sonic (10503 Kingston Pike) around 4:15 a.m., Monday, May 7, and “knocked on the door asking to use the restroom. When one of the three employees let him in, he pulled a small black pistol and demanded money,” according to the statement. “He left with an undisclosed amount in a 1998 black Honda Accord. …”

Due to a violation of probation stemming from “a failure to appear in court on a theft charge” according to Buckner, a bond set at $131,000 was denied for Hall. He was being held at Knox County Jail prior to his court appearance.


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