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Gunman attempts Farragut KFC robbery

Two unknown men allegedly attempted to rob Farragut’s Kentucky Fried Chicken, 11201 Kingston Pike, a little before 9 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 29.

The KFC shift manager, Sheila McBride, told Knox County Sheriff’s officer Mark Belliveau a black male suspect entered the restaurant and asked for an employment application. He then asked if he could speak to a manager.

McBride told the suspect only the day manager could hire prospective employees, and the suspect left the restaurant.

McBride advised Belliveau she was suspicious of the man because he kept his right hand in his back pocket during the entire conversation. When the suspect left, McBride said she locked the door.

She then collected all the trash from the dining room and took it out the back door. While she was at the dumpster, she saw the suspect, who was hiding in the bushes around the dumpster enclosure.

The suspect then allegedly pointed a small, black handgun at her and asked, “How many people in the store?”

McBride told him there were two.

“Don’t lie to me,” the suspect replied.

At that time, Belliveau passed KFC on his patrol. The suspect allegedly saw the patrol car and told McBride, “If you alert them, I’ll shoot you.” He then retreated into the bushes until the patrol car passed, then ran on foot toward Oskie’s Sports Bar.

There, a witness observed the suspect enter a white Chevy Malibu, with a passenger door much dirtier than the rest of the car.

The witness was able to see part of the vehicle’s license number, but could not provide any description of the driver.

McBride told Belliveau the suspect was about to escort her into the restaurant to rob it. She also stated she feared for her life, and predicted the suspect would have killed her.

The main suspect was described as a black male, about 6-feet tall and 200 pounds, with black hair and a stocky build. He is believed to be between 28 and 32 years old.

The driver of the getaway vehicle was described only as “stocky.”


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