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Chevron robbed at gunpoint

The Parr’s Chevron at 1325 U.S. Highway 80 East was robbed at gunpoint Sunday afternoon. The suspect is still at large and stole about $500 in cash. The cashier was not harmed.

According to Demopolis Police Department reports, the suspect is a 5-foot-9 male weighing about 170 pounds. He was wearing a motorcycle helmet when he robbed the store and fled on foot.

According to Parr’s Chevron vice president Jim Parr, the suspect did not appear to be an experienced criminal.

“He came in and just stood there for about a minute,” he said. “He asked the cashier to open her cash drawer, and she said she couldn’t do that. Then, he pulled out a plastic bag and said, ‘Put all the money from the drawer in there.’ He still hadn’t pulled out a gun at this point. She was looking at him like he may have been kidding. Then, he finally pulled the gun out, and she did what he asked.”

Parr commended the cashier for doing everything as she should.

“She was on the phone with the police as soon as the guy was out the door,” he said. “She went outside to see which way he went, but he was gone by then. We can replace $500; we can’t replace a human life.”

Parr said the suspect left the store and went towards the back of the store, towards Pettus Street.

“He could have gone anywhere from there,” he said.

Parr said there were a number of people around the store at the time, including customers getting gas and people washing their cars in the building next door.

DPD chief Tommie Reese asked anyone with information to call the DPD Tip Line at (334) 289-1475.