Police search for suspects in 2 West Knoxville armed robberies

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The Knox County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit is investigating two armed robberies that happened in West Knoxville on Saturday.

The first was a McDonald’s located at 11205 Kingston Pike. It happened early Saturday morning just after midnight. The restaurant had just closed with employees still inside when two armed men entered the business through the drive-thru window.

The suspects demanded money and one suspect struck an employee with a handgun.  The suspects fled back through the window with an undisclosed amount of money.

The second robbery happened at 7:25 p.m. Saturday at a Marathon located at 10855 Kingston Pike. Only one suspect was seen with a gun this time. They fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of money. No one was injured in the robbery

The descriptions of the suspects match those of the individuals who robbed the McDonald’s earlier in the day.
The first suspect is described as black man, in his early 20s, 5’11”-6’0”, and thin build.  He was wearing a dark ski mask that exposed eyes, nose, and mouth, and wore dark sunglasses, a long sleeve dark colored shirt, dark colored pants, and carried a full size semi-automatic handgun.

The second suspect is also in his early 20s, 5’8”-5’10”, and medium build.  He was wearing a white base color clown mask, dark colored hooded sweatshirt, and dark colored pants.

The Major Crimes Unit of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office is investigating and released surveillance pictures of the suspects.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the KCSO at 215-2244.

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