VIDEO: Store clerk pistol-whipped by armed robber at Knoxville dollar store

(Photo: KPD)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Knoxville Police Department is searching for a robber who assaulted a store clerk.

The robbery happened at around 11:49 a.m. Thursday at a Dollar General Store located at 2265 McCalla Avenue. Police said the clerk was taken to a hospital by ambulance for treatment.

“The suspect was willing to cause harm to this individual. The victim was in his upper fifties. He had no remorse whatsoever in attacking this individual.” said Darrell DeBusk, spokesperson for the Knoxville Police Department.

The employee at the store told police a man rushed into the store with a handgun and violently demanded money. While he was trying to comply, the clerk said the suspect pointed the handgun at him and then struck him in the face several times with the gun.

The store clerk was treated and released from the hospital, according to KPD.

“He was shaken, he was injured, he wasn’t cooperating fast enough for the suspect and he continued to hit the clerk on the head,”  said DeBusk.

Police said the suspect then grabbed the cash register drawer and ran out of the store. The suspect is described as a black man wearing a dark hoody jacket and dark pants.

Dollar General Senior Director of Corporate Communications released a statement sending condolences to the employee and his family.

We are deeply disturbed by the incident that took place at our store at 2265 McCalla Avenue in Knoxville. Foremost, our thoughts are with our store manager and his family and we are focused on supporting him during his recovery.

At Dollar General, the safety of our employees and customers is a top priority, and we employ a number of safety and security procedures to prevent, deter and, if necessary, respond to criminal activity in our stores. To protect the integrity of these measures, we do not comment on them specifically.

We are cooperating with local authorities investigating this crime.

The suspect is described as a black man, 5-feet-10-inches tall, and weighs around 150 pounds. He has a short buzzcut hairstyle. The suspect was last seen wearing a gray hoodie jacket and dark pants.

If anyone has information, contact KPD at 865-215-7212.

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