Suspect wearing devil mask during robberies and shooting identified
Jefferson County Sheriff's Detectives have identified a suspect in a pair of weekend robberies and a shooting that left a man critically injured and linked him to other robbery cases, according to a release.
On October 19, a subject wearing a devil's mask and armed with a shotgun robbed the Winn Dixie Supermarket on Old Springville Road, then proceeded to rob Roger's Convenience Store in Clay.
In the second robbery a customer was shot after chasing the suspect from the store on foot. The suspect fled in an unknown vehicle.
On October 20, investigators received information from authorities in Blount County that a man had fallen from a cliff and been critically injured. He had crawled to a nearby home to get help. They found items in his vehicle that led them to believe he may have been involved on these robberies. The man was transported to a Birmingham hospital.
Detectives executed search warrants on the subject's vehicle and his residence and found evidence that connected him to the robberies. Detectives also found evidence linking the man to an October 15 robbery of Tyner's Pharmacy on Chalkville Mountain Road where narcotics were taken and an earlier robbery of Roger's Convenience Store. He is also a suspect in robberies in Blount County and the city of Birmingham.
The suspect remains in the hospital after suffering a broken back and the loss of one of his legs in the fall. He told detectives that he was hit by a car, but has refused to speak to answer further questions.
The investigation is ongoing and the results will be presented to the District Attorney's Office.
The name of the man is being withheld pending formal charges. He is expected to be charged for several armed robberies in the aforementioned jurisdictions.