Police: Downtown Hazard gas station robbed, suspect reportedly arrested

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

HAZARD, Ky (WYMT) - Police say an armed robbery hasn't happened in the Hazard city limits in four years, but that all changed Wednesday morning.

The Apple Market in downtown Hazard was robbed.

The Hazard-Herald is reporting one person has been arrested and charged with the crime.

"You don't want to make somebody mad with a gun," said Ellis Slone who was the clerk on duty. "He says give me all your money, and I'm like do what? I thought he was joking, and he pulls a gun out of his pocket and says give me all your money right now."

Surveillance video shows Ellis Slone comply and take the money out of the cash drawer.

The suspect then asks the clerk to give him the cash bag. Police say that shows who ever did this has some knowledge of the business.

"I think it was a crime of opportunity for somebody that lives close because he did leave on foot," said Hazard Police Chief Minor Allen.

The clerk says he has never seen the guy before. Police were able to collect fingerprints and other evidence from the crime scene.

"I'd feel a lot safer if they'd catch them, lock 'em up, and get him off the streets because the next person might not be so lucky," said Ellis Slone.

The Hazard-Herald reports 45-year-old Richard Slone of Hazard was charged late Wednesday afternoon with 1st degree robbery.

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