LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT)- A Laurel County community is on alert after robbers hit five times in just two months, the most recent happening Thursday night.
But this time, the robber took off empty handed.
It is the type of crime that has many gas station and hotel clerks off of Exit 29 on Interstate 75 in Laurel County on edge.
Deputies say a man walked into the Love’s Truck Stop on Kentucky 770 and pointed a gun at one of the attendants.
“She had a headset on and she realized it was it was a robbery and she started backing up and saying, ‘Oh this is a robbery,’” Laurel County Deputy Gilbert Acciardo said.
But investigators say what happened next, caused the man to panic.
“All her fellow attendants heard that and converged on the county and when the male subject realized that he was had, he went running out the door. They went running out the door after him,” Acciardo added.
The man ran down a hill and got into a truck parked on Kentucky 770 and then drove off towards the Keavy community.
Deputies believe this is not the first time this man has committed this type of crime, in fact, his description lead investigators to believe he’s been involved in more.
“We think that for sure he’s involved in at least one maybe two prior armed robberies and attempted armed robberies in that area,” Acciardo said.
But the events that happened Thursday have many in the area saying, there is strength in numbers.
Deputies do not encourage folks to take situations like this into their own hands.
In fact, they say you should cooperate and remain calm. Keep in mind, when a person has a deadly weapon, anything can happen.