Man robs Henderson store at gunpoint, flees on bicycle

Published on Thursday, 30 January 2014 11:50 - Written by By Kenneth Dean kdean@tylerpaper.com

HENDERSON -- An armed robbery suspect now sits in the Cherokee County Jail after he held up a Henderson convenience store and fled on a bicycle Wednesday afternoon.

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

According to the initial information, a male came into the store demanding the cash from the store clerk while displaying a handgun and pointing it at the clerk. An undetermined amount of cash was taken from the register, and then he fled from the store riding 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 after further investigation, it was determined the man officers had stopped was the person they were seeking, so they began looking for him 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, andthe U.S. Marshal’s 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.