Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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September 12, 2013

Gunman approaches 4 in church parking lot

Robbery try fails

CROSSVILLE — Two women and two children leaving Sunday evening worship services were accosted in a church parking lot by an armed bandit, but no one was injured in the incident.

The robbery was thwarted when one of the women — facing the barrel of a handgun — quickly sped out of the parking space, causing the gunman to flee.

The incident occurred in the parking lot of Pine Grove Church off Lawson Rd. minutes after 8 p.m. Sunday. The relationship between the two women — one from Sequatchie County and the other from Cumberland — and the two children, both from Cumberland County, was not known.

The ages of the women was listed as 60 and 37 while the two children were age 11.

Deputy Sean Mullikin was one of the first officers responding to arrive on the scene and found the four shaken but otherwise unhurt. An ambulance was called to the scene to check out the oldest victim.

The four described their assailant as being an Hispanic male, 5-foot, three-inches to five-foot, five-inches tall and of medium build. They said he was wearing a blue-colored plaid shirt, grey pants with blue shirt wrapped around his waist. They added that he spoke "good English with a little Spanish accent."

The man came to their car, tapped on the window with the small small caliber automatic handgun, and told the women he wanted their wallets. Upon hearing the demand, the younger woman shouted to the driver to "floor it," and the driver backed rapidly from the parking space.

The man then fled to a compact or mid-size silver car, getting in on the passenger side, and that car fled the scene, traveling north on Lawson Rd. in the direction of Tabor Loop.

Sheriff's Investigator Robert "Bo" Kollros was called to the scene to head the investigation and local and area law enforcement agencies and the state highway patrol was issued a lookout broadcast for the suspect.

No arrests have been made.

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