2 guns reportedly taken in weekend armed robbery of Swaim Hardware

Paris police suburbanOfficers are investigating an armed robbery over the weekend at Swaim Hardware in the 200 block of Southwest 1st Street.

A store employee said a man came into the store about 4 p.m. and asked to see a handgun.

The employee said he placed one gun on the counter, and while he was getting a second gun for the person to look at, the suspect displayed another handgun and told the employee to get on the ground.

The suspect then ran from the store with the two handguns, the employee told police officers.

The suspect was described as a black male, six foot tall, 150 pounds, and wearing a yellow hat, brown jacket, with sagging blue jeans and black shoes, Police Chief Bob Hundley said.

By Charles Richards, eParisExtra


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Charles Richards Charles Richards moved to Paris in 2004 after retiring from a 40-year career in journalism – the last 26 years as a news writer and sports writer with The Associated Press in Dallas and Washington, D.C. In mid-2004, The Paris News coaxed him out of retirement, and he began covering the police, court and regional beat for The Paris News. Then in early 2005, he was switched to coverage of a sharply divided Paris City Council. He was appointed by the City Council in 2006 to the 12-member City Charter Review Commission, which extensively rewrote the outmoded document. His writing awards include two first-place awards in statewide competition for feature writing. The most recent was his 2005 story on a Paris doctor’s startling use of leeches in a successful attempt to re-attach a man’s severed ear. Over his career, Richards’ interview subjects include Alabama Gov. George Wallace, President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush, David Koresh, Arnold Palmer, Muhammad Ali and numerous other political and sports figures. He is an alumnus of Texas Tech, where he was editor of the school newspaper. He lives in Paris with his wife, Barbara, who is retired after 30 years as a teacher and high school counselor.