Adam Floyd and Dean Poling
The Valdosta Daily Times
Authorities arrested a man Friday afternoon in relation to the robbery of a Valdosta convenience store, the kidnapping and assault of the clerk who later escaped, and a brief chase in another city, according to the Valdosta Police Department.
Kevin Dewayne Hutcherson, 31, of Homerville is charged with armed robbery, kidnapping, aggravated sodomy and possession of a knife during the commission of a crime, according to the Valdosta Police Department. He also faces possible charges in Homerville.
At approximately 12:40 a.m. Friday, a man entered the Murphy Express at 277 Norman Drive and looked around the store before brandishing a knife and demanding money. A store employee gave the man money from the cash register before she was restrained and forced into his truck, according to reports.
The store clerk was able to jump out of the truck at the intersection of Norman Drive and West Hill Avenue. She ran into a nearby business where employees called 911. The clerk was not seriously injured, according to reports.
The offender, described as a dark-skinned African-American male, approximately six feet tall and weighing 200 pounds, continued driving eastbound on Hill Avenue. Valdosta police advised other local agencies to be on the lookout for the truck, a blue Ford Ranger, which had been stolen earlier out of Clinch County.
The truck was later spotted in Homerville, and a short chase ensued ending with the offender wrecking and escaping on foot.
The suspect was arrested late Friday afternoon by the Homerville Police Department on unrelated charges.
Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress said he appreciates the work by Homerville police and the VPD’s detective division.