Surveillance video stills released in Byron armed robbery attempt

bpurser@macon.comApril 25, 2014 

Surveillance video stills from an attempted armed robbery of a Byron convenience store Wednesday show a struggle between the clerk’s husband and the suspect.

The stills were released Friday by Byron police, who are seeking help in identifying the suspect.

About 4:20 a.m. Wednesday, a masked man with a shotgun came into the American Eagle Mart on the Ga. 247 Connector in Byron.

The first words out of the man’s mouth to the two people inside were, “I’m going to kill you all,” said police Detective Melanie Bickford. The man also demanded money.

The clerk’s husband, who was in the store at the time, grabbed the barrel of the gun and fought with the man, she said.

“His first instinct was to protect her,” Bickford said.

During the struggle, the shotgun fired, and the shell casing and its contents struck the floor, Bickford said.

The husband wrestled the man outside of the store and then broke free and ran back inside. The suspect fled on foot. The couple was not hurt, Bickford said.

Bickford said she had “mixed emotions” about the incident.

“We’re glad they’re OK, but we could have been dealing with a homicide if the gun had gone off a foot in either direction,” she said.

She noted instances in the struggle when the gun was pointed at the wife.

Bickford recommended handing over the money if being robbed rather than risk getting shot.

The suspect, described as over 6 feet tall, wore a large camouflage coat with a hood and appeared to have had duct tape over the toes of his boots. He also had on a ball cap and makeshift mask.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Bickford at 478-956-2493 or CrimeStoppers at 478-742-2330.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.

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