Two charged in Hindman armed robbery
by Ralph B. Davis
HINDMAN — An early-morning robbery in Knott County has resulted in two arrests this week.
Kentucky State Police in Hazard recieved a report of a robbery at the Hindman Double Kwik, on Route 80, at 1:10 a.m. The caller stated a robbery had just occurred at the store.
In interviews with police, the store clerk said he was outside the store near the fuel pumps, when he was approached by a man wearing a black ski mask, black pants, green jacket and boots. The man was holding a handgun and forced the clerk in the store, where he took an undisclosed amount of money and cigarettes. The perpetrator then fled the scene in a passenger car.
A vehicle was later stopped on Route 80 at Emmalena, and an adult and a juvenile were detained. Further investigation led police to the arrest of Jesse James Combs, age 18, of Fisty, who was charged with facilitation to commit robbery and receiving stolen property. The juvenile was released to his parents and no charges were filed.
The next day, Austin T. Gayheart, 18, of Bulan, was arrested and charged with first-degree robbery. Prior to his arrest, police said they were searching for a second adult who they had determined fled the vehicle containing Combs and the juvenile, shortly before it was stopped.
The investigation is continuing by Det. Joel Abner.
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