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11:35 AM, Sep 27, 2011   |    comments
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A man with a long criminal history has been arrested and charged with an armed robbery at a Walgreens that led to the lockdown of three schools.

The Knox County Sheriff's Office arrested Brandon Brent Bowling, 41, at a residence on Meredith Street in Knoxville Tuesday morning. 

Bowling is charged with aggravated robbery, three counts of aggravated assault and one count of aggravated kidnapping. The kidnapping charge stems from the suspect threatening to kill the store manager as he made him walk to the front of the store with him.

Bowling fled on foot after getting narcotics from the pharmacy, located on Oak Ridge Highway.  Three nearby schools, Karns Elementary, Middle, and High Schools were put on lockdown while officers searched for the suspect.

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The Knox County Sheriff's Office is still looking for an armed robber that triggered a lockdown at three schools in Karns.

Around 2 pm Monday, a man entered the Walgreens at 7810 Oak Ridge Highway.  He was armed with a handgun and demanded narcotic drugs.   He fled on foot.

He is described as white, 5'9", thin build, wearing a reddish baseball cap and sunglasses.

No one was hurt, but the nearby Karns Elementary, Middle, and High Schools were put on lockdown as officers searced the area for the suspect.

Anyone with information is asked to call the KCSO at 215-2243.

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A robbery at a West Knox County pharmacy has the Karns Elementary, Middle, and High Schools on lockdown.

The robbery at the Walgreens on Oak Ridge Highway happened around 2:15.  The suspect fled.  Authorities are still looking for him.

The schools were placed on lockdown as a precaution.

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