Knox County suspected robber nabbed by citizens

(Photo: KPD)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A woman was arrested in connection to multiple robberies that occurred in the city of Knoxville and Knox County overnight.

Susan Roberts, 45, was arrested with the help of a few citizens after she attempted to rob a Hardee’s at 3946 Asheville Highway.

Around 4 a.m. on Friday a Bread Box at 6210 Asheville Highway was robbed. Victims say a female suspect went into a bathroom and came back out. She demanded money from the clerk, according to the report. Roberts fled the store in a gray Ford Ranger truck.

A McDonald’s at 7545 Mountain Grove Drive was robbed around 5:14 a.m. Witnesses say the suspect took a small amount of cash before fleeing. Investigators say the suspect matched the description of the robbery at Bread Box and of a robbery at a Krystal on Western Avenue that occurred around 1:29 a.m.

Roberts was identified at 9:07 a.m. when she tried to rob the Hardee’s, according to police. The suspect drove to the Mapco Store at 5412 Asheville Highway.

Michael Gibson said he was buying food at Hardee’s. He said he followed the truck to a Mapco Gas Station located at 5412 Asheville Highway, blocked the truck with his vehicle and called the police.

Shortly afterward, Gibson said the woman came running out of the gas station followed by the gas station manager. He said the manager was able to hold the woman captive until police arrived.

Roberts faces charges for aggravated robbery and attempted aggravated robbery.



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