Update: 2 plead not guilty in connection to A&B Quickstop robbery
A father and son charged in a robbery case pleaded not guilty Thursday morning.
Investigators said during the weekend Alex Toothman walked into a Knox County gas station with a gun and demanded cash. On Monday, deputies arrested both Alex and his father, Russell Toothman, who faces a complicity charge.
They will be back in court next Thursday for a preliminary hearing.
An investigation into a robbery at the A&B Quickstop on KY 2258 in Knox County led to two arrests.
The sheriff's department went to arrest Alex C. Toothman, 21, of Artemus on Monday. He tried to run away but did not get far.
Toothman faces first-degree robbery, first-degree wanton endangerment, fleeing or evading police, and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Police also arrested Alex's father, Russell Toothman, 47, for first-degree complicity to robbery. Both men were taken to the Knox County Detention Center.
Just before 6:30 Saturday night the A&B Quickstop on KY 2258 was robbed at gunpoint.
"One of the customers was at the cash register and grabbed him at gunpoint took him behind the counter," said Deputy Sam Mullins with the Knox County Sheriff's Department.
Another customer jumped in to help. When he attempted to take the suspect to the ground, he ended up with a gun to his head.
"The perpetrator tossed a backpack to the clerk which she filled with money, an unknown amount," said Mullins.
He fled from the store in a gray Mazda truck. Two hours after the robbery police found the truck abandoned at a local house.
In 2019 alone, three A&B Quickstops have been robbed. The robbery in January resulted in a death. They are all owned by the same management.
"It's a big concern here lately. It seems like it's getting to be an occurrence every month on these robberies," said Mullins. "They tend to be on these narrow roads and across the county. It can take a while for us to get there."
Police are asking those in the community to keep their doors locked and eyes open, and if in a store at the time of a robbery to not be a hero.
"Just be very observant. If something like this happens, never approach someone with a firearm. Hide, take cover. Just pay attention."
Knox County deputies and Barbourville Police responded to the robbery
Three suspects are of interest but have not been arrested. If you saw anyone driving a gray Mazda Saturday afternoon you are asked to call the sheriff's office with any information at 606-546-3181.