A Jasper man has been arrested by Jasper police for the armed robbery of a Carbon Hill gas station Saturday night.
Carbon Hill Police Chief Eric House said Danny Ray Turner, 48, of Jasper, is being held at the Walker County Jail in Jasper for first-degree robbery and third-degree theft.
He said Turner entered the Mill Creek Shell on Nauvoo Road between 7:15 p.m. and 7:25 p.m., asking for a pack of cigarettes.
"When the lady turned around to get the pack of cigarettes — the cigarettes are behind the counter — she turned back around and he had pulled a weapon from his waistband, it looked like. It was a black pistol. He presented that and told her to give him all the cash that was in the drawer. He wanted it right then."
She gave him $792 in cash and Turner exited the store, he said. Neither of the two workers who was inside the store were hurt.
Turner left in a red Chevrolet automobile, House said, saying that all law enforcement understood at the time was that he traveled toward U.S. Interstate 22.
"As soon as I got a picture sent to me off the (store surveillance) video, I immediately started sending it out to the news," he said. It was also passed along on social media, which resulted in a number of tips as to the suspect's identity.
House had Jasper police looking out for the vehicle. On Sunday night, around the Coke Oven area near his residence, he was intercepted by Jasper police, he said, sometime between 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
"They initiated a traffic stop and he failed to stop," he said, leading to a short car chase. On 26th Street and Florida Avenue, he "kind of lost it and kind of run out of the road, I think."
He said Turner then took off on foot and Jasper police apprehended him after a short-distance chase.
House identified the vehicle as a red Chevrolet Impala, which turned out to be an exact match for the vehicle in video obtained by police.
"They did an amazing job, an outstanding job, on Jasper's part," House said, adding that the officers in Carbon Hill also did a great job. "On both sides, the men did wonderful."
House was out of town at the time, but he maintained contact with officers on the phone. "It was a great effort all the way around," he said.
"I also want to thank the District Attorney's Office for their help and assistance with such a speedy warrant, being able to get it even though it was a holiday," he said. He also added his thanks to the Walker County Circuit Clerk's Office, as officials there had to come out on a holiday weekend to handle the paperwork. He also thanked District Judge Henry Allred for his assistance.
"I want to congratulate and thank everyone who was involved. It was a great job from law enforcement," House said. "That is exactly what happens when departments work together in sharing information. That is what it is about, to capture these folks in a timely manner." He also thanked the public for their help in giving information.