DANVILLE — Details of a very disturbing and violent robbery of a Danville convenience store has been released by police.
A white male wearing a black hooded jacket and sunglasses entered the Hatfield McCoy Mart Exxon station and convenience store at 4:50 a.m., Sunday morning, Oct. 19, 2015, and assaulted the store’s clerk and stole an undisclosed amount of cash, according to the Boone County Sheriff’s Department.
The store is located two miles south of Danville on Corridor G.
“The suspect was a white male, approximately 6-feet tall with a medium build. He was wearing a wedding ring, camouflage pants, black hooded jacked and sunglasses,” said Boone County Chief Deputy Chad Barker during at 10 a.m. news conference at the judicial annex of the Boone County Courthouse in Madison.
The store’s surveillance camera’s showed the man enter the store and go to the restroom, then come out and go behind the counter. The suspect and the clerk then got into a violent struggle before the suspect was able to get the clerk up on her feet and force her to remove money from the register and put into his right front pocket. The clerk received a cut over her eye.
“She was a little beaten up and had a cut, but none of her injuries were life-threatening,” Barker said. “She was emotionally shaken up and was taken to the hospital.”
No other details were available about her condition.
After getting the cash, the suspect then led the clerk by knife point to the store’s telephone and ripped the cord out of the wall. He then forced the female clerk to the back of the store, where he chocked her and then attempted to remove her pants. He fled when a customer entered the store.
During the robbery and attack, the clerk was able to push the emergency alarm button and police were on the scene within minutes, Barker said.
“We just missed catching him,” Barker added. “We are hoping the someone recognizes this suspect and reports him to law enforcement. This was a very violent and disturbing robbery.”
The suspect fled in a dark colored older model full size Chevrolet truck with chrome “beauty ring” rims and a large WVU sticker on the driver’s side back window.
“We believe it was a 1980s or 1990s Chevy or GMC truck,” Barker said.
Anyone with information about this crime is urged to contact the Boone County Sheriff’s Department at 304-369-7340. Callers can remain anonymous.
Fred Pace is an editor for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-369-1165, ext. 1661, in Madison; at 304-752-6950, ext. 1729 in Logan; by email at email@example.com or @fcpace62 on Twitter.