UPDATE: Four arrested in Middlesboro robbery case

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email
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6:00 p.m. Update

MIDDLESBORO, Ky. (WYMT) - Two men charged in a Middlesboro robbery case admit it was planned, but say they had nothing to do with it.

Police say a woman with a knife robbed the old Circle K store on Sunday night.

Middlesboro Police arrested the accused robber, 46-year-old Sherrie Barnett, the alleged getaway driver, 36-year-old Carl W. Turner, and two employees, 35-year-old Lisa M. Evans and 40-year-old Michael R. Evans.

Two of them talked to WYMT's Angela Sparkman in jail on Monday.

Carl Turner admits he drove Sherrie Barnett to the Circle K gas station Sunday night.

"Just one of those stupid things I got caught up in," Turner said.

Middlesboro Police say Barnett pulled a knife and demanded money. Police say she got cash and Turner drove her away.

"I didn't know it was going to go down the way it went down. I found out later. I had no idea there was a knife involved," Turner said.

Police arrested both Barnett and Turner at a home on Pineville Pike. They are charged with robbery.

Police say the investigation led them to believe two store employees were involved. They arrested husband and wife, Michael and Lisa Evans who were working during the robbery. They are charged with facilitation of robbery.

"I didn't have nothing to do with the robbery at all," Michael Evans said.

He says Turner is his cousin.

"When they described the vehicle, I just knew who it was, so I texted him, you better get your tag off your van, and when I did, guess that put me conspiracy to robbery," Michael Evans said.

The two women charged, Barnett and Lisa Evans, did not want to do interviews.

The store employees working on Monday said they could not comment on the robbery.

"I regret I even sent him that text message. I should've just let it go," Michael Evans said.

"I wish it hadn't happened," Turner said.

Bond for all four is ten thousand dollars.

All four defendants entered not guilty pleas in court on Monday.
4:00 p.m. Update

MIDDLESBORO, Ky. (WYMT) - Four people are accused of planning a convenience store robbery in Middlesboro.

Police say a woman robbed the Circle K gas station, also known as Mac's, with a knife on Sunday night.

Middlesboro Police later arrested her, the getaway driver, and two store employees.

The two men charged in the case did jailhouse interviews. They both say the robbery was planned, but claim they had nothing to do with it.

Middlesboro Police say around 9:15 p.m. on Sunday, 46-year-old Sherrie Barnett went into the store, waved a knife, and demanded money. Witnesses told police she got into a van driven by a man.

Police arrested Barnett and the accused van driver, 36-year-old Carl Turner. They are charged with robbery.

Police say later they learned two store employees, husband and wife Michael and Lisa Evans were possibly involved. They arrested them on facilitation of robbery charges.

Michael Evans and Carl Turner both say they knew something was going on but claim they were not involved with the robbery.

"I didn't know she was going to have a knife. I thought she was going to go in, get the money, and come back out. I had no idea of a knife or anything," Turner said.

"I sent a text message from my phone to the other person to take their tag off their van. That's why I'm in here today," said Michael Evans.

The two women charged in the case did not want to do interviews.

Store employees say they could not comment on the case.

7:00 a.m.

MIDDLESBORO, Ky. (WYMT) - Four people are behind bars in Bell County following an overnight robbery.

It happened around 9:15 Sunday night at the Circle K gas station on Cumberland Avenue in Middlesboro.

Police say 46 year old Sherrie Barnett walked into the store, pulled a knife on the clerk and demanded money.

We are told Barnett jumped into a car and got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Barnett and the driver of the car, 36 year old Carl Turner were arrested about two hours later. Police were also able to recover the knife and the stolen money.

Police say upon further investigation, they arrested and charged two employees at Circle K, 35 year old Lisa Evans and 40 year old Michael Evans.

Lisa and Michael Evans are charged with facilitation of robbery.

Sherrie Barnett and Carl Turner are facing robbery charges.

All four are being held in the Bell County Detention Center.

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