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Dixie Lee Junction Subway robbed

An armed robbery in Dixie Lee Junction targeted a lone employee at a restaurant alone, and could be related to a string of robberies in Lenoir City.

The victim, whose name wasn’t given, was born in 1993 and was working alone Sunday night, Jan. 16, at the Subway at 19668 Highway 11 E, just over the Knox county line. He was about to take the trash out when he saw a man approaching the restaurant.

Assuming the man was a customer, the clerk went back inside the Subway.

“The clerk was there by himself, and had a white male come up to him that was wearing a black jacket and possibly a wig, or he either had a lot of hair. He had a white jacket under the black jacket, which he pulled over his face to hide it,” said deputy Jason Smith of the Loudon County Sheriff’s Office.

The suspect was described as being about 6 feet tall and 215-to-220 pounds.

“The guy walks in, says, ‘Hey, it’s cold out here,’ then when [the clerk] went behind the counter, the suspect showed a black revolver type handgun, told [the clerk] to stay calm and hand over the money,” Smith said.

The clerk put more than $300 in a white grocery bag, and the suspect fled. No suspect has been apprehended as of Tuesday morning.

The Loudon County News-Herald, in stories written by Brittany Davenport, has reported three robberies in Lenoir City in the past three weeks. Two of them appear to be related, and both feature a white male suspect who approaches clerks who are alone in stores during evening hours and takes cash from the business and/or from the clerk.

Smith said the crimes could be related: “possibly, possibly not.”

The third Lenoir City robbery was at a pharmacy, and involved a suspect who stole narcotics. It is unlikely related.


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