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Gunman robs Ingles grocery

Knox County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the robbery of Ingles Market a little after 11 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1.

According to a KCSO police report, a man wearing a dark blue ski mask, dark tinted goggles, gloves, a green army type jacket, cargo pants and black work boots entered Ingles around 11:05 p.m.

He approached the customer service desk and pointed a silver semi-automatic handgun at three employees, Rigney Bryan, Michelle Ann Dasostine and David Akers.

The report states the man kept repeating “My [expletive],” and “Happy Halloween.”

The suspect emptied the cash drawer, taking about $4,700.

He then ran out of the building through the front doors.

The man’s race was unknown but he was thought to be about 6-foot-3 and weigh approximately 200 pounds.

Ingles store manager Charles “C.D.” Pressley did not comment on the robbery other than saying he was glad no employees were harmed.

Two other West Knoxville businesses were robbed Wednesday night as well. The crimes are believed to be related to each other, as well as to a crime in Loudon County Tuesday, Sept. 30.

The first robbery occurred around 10:14 p.m. at Mr. Gas, 13065 Kingston Pike. A white male wearing a dark shirt, blue jeans, dark hat and what appeared to be a black shirt tied around his face entered the business.

He then pointed a small black, semi-automatic handgun at employees and said, “It isn’t worth dying for and give me the money.”

The employees handed over several hundred dollars.

The man then left Mr. Gas, running east.

The same man is believed to have robbed Weigel’s at 1000 North Cedar Bluff Road at 11:04 p.m.

He walked into the gas station, brandished a black handgun and demanded money from the clerk. He warned the clerk he would “blow her head off.”

The clerk opened the register and the suspect took the money, as well as more money from a box under the counter.

He than ran out, disappearing behind the store.

KCSO believes this suspect also robbed the Shell station in Loudon the night of Tuesday, Sept. 30.


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