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VPD searches for armed robber, kidnapper

The victim jumped out of the suspect's truck at the intersection of Norman Drive and West Hill Avenue The victim jumped out of the suspect's truck at the intersection of Norman Drive and West Hill Avenue
Aaron Kirk Aaron Kirk

Shortly after midnight Friday morning, a female employee was working inside the Murphy Express gas station at 227 Norman Drive when a man entered the store.
Police said the man looked around the store for a moment and then pulled out a knife.
"A African American male entered the store while the clerk was cleaning up. Pulled a knife, demanded money," said Valdosta Police Lieutenant Aaron Kirk. "The clerk gave the subject money, however he forced her to go with him and got in his truck and left."
Police said the victim jumped out of the suspect's car at the intersection of Norman Drive and West Hill Avenue. She ran in to a local business where they were able to call 911.
"The truck had actually been stolen from Clinch County, from that area," Kirk explained. "Officers in the area saw it later [Friday] morning, they got into a chase with it. It wrecked and the person inside the vehicle took off running and was not located."
The victim was also sexually assaulted, but police won't say exactly what happened.
Right now, they're focused on locating the suspect.
"Interviewing potential witnesses, people who were in the area, checkin' cameras. I believe, according to the latest statement I've got, there is a person of interest they're talking to, that they're trying to get in touch with. So, they're just following up on leads at this time," Kirk said.
And hoping the public's help will bring the suspect to justice before anyone else becomes a victim.
Police are not releasing any of the surveillance footage from the area. The suspect is only described as a black man approximately six feet tall, weighing around 200 pounds.
VPD issued this release-

On March 14, 2014 at approximately 12:47 am, the Valdosta Police Department responded to the report of a robbery that occurred at the Murphy Express, 277 Norman Drive. According to the victim, at approximately 12:40 am a dark skinned, African American male, approximately 6 feet tall and 200 pounds, entered the store looking around, then pulled out a knife, and demanded money.

The victim gave the offender money from the cash register. The offender restrained the victim and forced her into his truck. The victim was able to jump out of the truck at the intersection of Norman Drive and West Hill Avenue and run into a business where employees called "911".

The victim was not seriously injured in the case. The offender continued eastbound on Hill Avenue. A lookout to other law enforcement was sent out by Valdosta Police for the truck. The truck, a blue Ford Ranger which had been stolen out of Clinch County, was later spotted in Homerville. A vehicle pursuit occurred and ended with the offender wrecking and running on foot, but he was not located.

Detectives from the Valdosta Police Department and a Crime Scene Technician from the Valdosta-Lowndes Regional Crime Laboratory responded to investigate the incident. Detectives continue to follow up on leads and have recovered helpful evidence in the case.

Anyone having any further information regarding this crime or any other crime is urged to contact the Valdosta Police Department at 229-293-3145 or can remain anonymous at 229-293-3091.


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