U. S. Marshals nab armed robbery suspect

Published on Thursday, 30 January 2014 23:18 - Written by By Kenneth Dean kdean@tylerpaper.com

HENDERSON — An armed robbery suspect sat Thursday in the Cherokee County Jail after holding up a Henderson convenience store and fleeing on a bicycle.

Lt. Craig Sweeney, of the Henderson Police Department, said the robbery occurred at the Rite Track Valero located at 2400 Highway 79 South in Henderson just before 1 p.m. Wednesday.

The robber came into the store demanding the cash from the store clerk while pointing a handgun at the clerk, Sweeney said. An undetermined amount of cash was taken from the register, and the robber fled on a bicycle,  heading south away from the store.

“We found him on a bicycle a short distance from the store, but we didn’t have everything we needed at that time, so we let him go,” he said. 

Sweeney said it was determined the man officers had stopped was the person they were seeking, so they began looking again.

“Information was developed and evidence gathered at that location that led to the identity and whereabouts of this person and of his involvement in the robbery,” he said.

Sweeney said an aggravated robbery warrant was obtained for Ellis Barnett Kitchen, 40, of Bullard, and the U.S. Marshals’ Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force in Tyler was contacted for assistance.

“The suspect was located in the Bullard area (Cherokee County) and taken into custody. Additional evidence was recovered at this location and also information that further implicated this person in the robbery,” he said.