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Update To Knott County Armed Robbery

Date of News Release: 04/12/2012

(Hazard Ky.) -- On April 12, 2012 at approximately 6:00 p.m. Kentucky State Police in Hazard arrested a second individual in connection with the armed robbery that occurred at the Double Kwik in Knott County.

Austin T. Gayheart, age 18 of Bulan, was charged for Robbery 1st Degree and lodged in the Kentucky River Regional Detention Center. The investigation is continuing by Det. Joel Abner.

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Armed Robbery Occurs At A Knott County Business

Date of News Release: 04/11/2012

(Hazard Ky.) -- On April 11, 2012 at approximately 1:10 a.m. Kentucky State Police in Hazard received a call from Hindman Double Kwik #1 on Ky 80. The caller stated a robbery had just occurred at the store.

The store clerk was outside at the fuel pumps when he was approached by an individual wearing a black ski mask, black pants, green jacket, boots and brandishing a handgun. The perpetrator and store attendant went inside the store where money and cigarettes were taken. The perpetrator then fled the scene in a passenger car.

A vehicle was later stopped on Ky 80 in the Emmalena Community of Knott County and a juvenile and an adult were detained. Further investigation led police to the arrest of Jesse James Combs, age 18, of Fisty. He was charged with Facilitation to Commit Robbery 1st Degree and Receiving Stolen Property Under $500 and lodged in the Kentucky River Regional Detention Center. The juvenile was released to his parents and no charges have been filed at this time. Warrants are being obtained on another adult involved in the crime. It was determined that this individual had fled from the vehicle just prior to the traffic stop. The investigation is continuing by Det. Joel Abner.

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