KPD: Two 21-year-old men arrested for robbing store

KNOXVILLE - Officers with the Knoxville Police Department arrested two 21-year-old Knoxville men suspected of robbing a convenience store early Wednesday morning.

Josh James Lawson and William Alexander Buckner are each charged with one count of aggravated robbery.

Lawson is also charged with evading arrest.

Officers responded to a robbery call at the Bread Box Food Store at 5340 Millertown Pike around 1 a.m. Wednesday.

KPD said Lawson and Buckner entered the store, fashioned their hands as if they had a gun and demanded money. The store’s employees complied and the suspects left the store in a black car.

A KPD officer conducted a traffic stop eight minutes later on the black car. Lawson, who was driving the vehicle, immediately ran on foot.

The officer and his K-9 partner pursued Lawson as he jumped a fence. The K-9 bit Lawson while he was jumping the fence. Authorities eventually found Lawson around 4:25 a.m. Monday running across Interstate 40 near Rutledge Pike.

Authorities took Lawson to Physician’s Regional Medical Center to receive treatment on the dog bite before taking him to a detention facility.

Buckner, who was a passenger in the black car, had a warrant on file for his arrest.

KPD found several articles of clothing matching the description of the clothes worn by the suspects in the robbery.

Authorities are holding Lawson on $27,000 bond and Buckner on $20,000 bond.

(© 2016 WBIR)


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