News and Tribune

October 21, 2013

Men arrested after Clarksville store robbed

Police say man displayed what looked like AK-47 rifle

By BRADEN LAMMERS
braden.lammers@newsandtribune.com

CLARKSVILLE — Two men were arrested for allegedly robbing a Clarksville Save-A-Step at gunpoint Saturday.

According to a release from the Clarksville Police Department, a suspect in the armed robbery, Brett L. Walker, 23, entered the Save-A-Step at 109 S. Clark Blvd. shortly before 3 p.m. He allegedly entered the store, displayed a weapon and demanded cash, according to the release. Clarksville Police Chief Mark Palmer said Walker displayed what looked to be an AK-47 rifle and made off with more than $700.

The suspect left the store and fled the scene in a white sedan, described as an old police car. Tyrone S. David, 20, was allegedly driving the vehicle.

Palmer said a witness going into the Save-A-Step was able to get the license plate number of the vehicle, which police used to track via the registration to Luther Circle in Jeffersonville.

Jeffersonville Police Department officers located the vehicle, a white 1997 Mercury Grand Marquis, behind the home and notified CPD. When police arrived on the scene, one of the suspects was found outside the home and arrested and the other suspect, who was still inside the home, surrendered without incident, Palmer said. The arrests were made shortly before 4 p.m. Saturday.

Police located a BB gun that was similar in appearance to an AK-47 in the home, which was believed to have been used during the robbery, Palmer said.

Both men were taken to the Michael L. Becher Adult Correctional Complex in Jeffersonville and booked in on initial charges of armed robbery, a class C felony. Walker was also charged with intimidation, also a class C felony.

Each class C felony carries a maximum penalty of eight years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.

Palmer said the incident seems to be following a trend of spontaneous crimes in the area recently. He asked that local residents be vigilant about what’s going on around them and report any suspicious matters to police by calling 812-288-7151.