By Michael R. Moser
The Crossville Police Department’s investigation into last week’s robbery of the Subway restaurant in The Crossings off N. Main St. has led investigators to suspects who are also believed to be responsible for other area robberies, according to police.
Mark Andrew Randolph, 35, Hassler Mill Rd., Harriman, and Rufena Jean Bunch, 26, of Old Holderford Rd., Kingston, have been charged by the Roane County Sheriff’s Department with possession of drugs. Randolph is charged with aggravated armed robbery of the Rocky Top Market off Bluff Rd. last weekend.
In addition, Randolph could face a federal charge in connection with being a convicted felon in possession of a weapon while in commission of another crime. The FBI is also investigating the incident.
Last Sunday a lone gunman entered the Subway restaurant and stole about $100 from the restaurant and a 19-year-old employee’s purse and car. The car was later recovered in the parking lot of Rocky Top Ten theater and police were able to develop a suspect by viewing surveillance videos from both businesses.
A 2003 Pontiac Grand Am, silver in color, was identified as the getaway vehicle and led Crossville Investigators Danny Harris and Donnie Hammons to rural Roane County. They learned that Bunch owns a vehicle fitting that description and sought help from Roane County authorities in apprehending the suspect for questioning, Crossville Police Maj. Mark Rosser said.
Kingston Police and Roane County sheriff’s deputies later stopped the vehicle and took both persons into custody. Inside the vehicle was recovered a loaded handgun, camouflaged mask, knit hat and other articles of clothing that fit the description given by the Crossville robbery victim, said Rosser.
Crossville Police are working with the Roane County authorities and the FBI as investigation is continuing. No charges have been filed here as of Friday.