Paris convenience store reportedly robbed by man with shotgun

Police Department Car_sliderThe clerk of a Paris convenience store reported an armed robbery about 1:30 a.m. Thursday, about two hours after a similar robbery was reported in Hugo, Paris police department spokesman Curtis Garrett said.

When Paris police officers responded to the store in the 2600 block of Lamar Avenue, a clerk said a light-skinned black man entered the store, brandished a shotgun and demanded the money from the cash register.

The clerk said he gave the suspect the money, and the suspect left on foot. Officers were also notified that a similar incident had occurred just before midnight in Hugo, Oklahoma.

No one was injured in the incident and the investigation continues, Garrett 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.