A 37-year-old man with a prior record is charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon in connection with a holdup at the BP Circle K convenience store across Sunset Avenue from City Lake Park, police said.
Marcellus Harrison was arrested not long after the incident, which officers responded to at 10:58 p.m. on Thursday, police Cpl. Clay Wilder said. Harrison was jailed under a $150,000 secured bond at the Nash County Detention Center, Wilder said.
Officers who went to the store found out the store employee, who is a woman, had seen two men, one of whom paid for a purchase of gasoline and the other one remaining inside, Wilder said.
The employee knew the second man was a frequent customer, but he had not spoken to her, which she believed was somewhat odd, Wilder said.
The second man mumbled something and the employee asked him to repeat what he was trying to communicate to her and he requested three packs of cigarettes, Wilder said.
As the employee was working to complete the sale, the man told her, "I like you and I don't want to shoot you" and next told her, "Give me the cigarettes," Wilder said.
After the employee complied, she noticed an unknown object protruding from one of the man's pockets before he demanded all of the money in the cash register, Wilder said.
And after the employee again complied, the man turned to begin to leave, but before exiting the man turned back toward her and demanded two more packs of cigarettes and she again complied, Wilder said.
The employee saw the man leave in the direction of Piedmont Avenue southwest of the store and gave a description of him to officers, Wilder said.
Additionally, officers brought a police dog to help try to track down the man and multiple denominations of cash were found along the railroad line, which runs along the south side of the lake, Wilder said.
And the employee told officers she would be able to identify the man based on a review of mugshots presented to her at the police department, Wilder said.
The employee went to the police department and officers also found out there had been an altercation involving the man and another customer early the evening of June 1, Wilder said.
A check of police records showed officers had responded to the store about a report of disorderly conduct in progress and what turned out to be damage to that customer's vehicle, Wilder said.
And there was a warrant against the man in connection with the property damage, Wilder said.
As officers were putting the pieces of the overall puzzle together, the employee identified Harrison as the robber, Wilder said.
Officers obtained Harrison's address, which is southeast of the store in 1100 block of Lafayette Avenue, went there and took him into custody without incident, Wilder said.
State Public Safety records show Harrison was convicted in 2017 in Nash County for committing common law robbery.