Police release surveillance camera photo of suspected robber

Surveillance videoThe Paris Police Department today released a photo, taken off a convenience store’s surveillance video, of a man suspected of robbing a woman after she left the store about 5 a.m. Friday morning.

The woman said she went into the North Main Food Fast and while she was inside, the man apparently hid in the backseat of her car. She said after she returned to her car and drove away, a light-skinned black man in his 40′s rose from the back seat, displayed what she believed to be a knife, and ordered her to give him her money.

The victim said her assailant was about 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall wearing glasses with thick lenses. She said he was wearing a brown or green coat and a black toboggan.

“He’s also a smoker with a raspy voice, and he may be from Oklahoma as he made the statement he was trying to get to Hugo,” a police department spokesman said.

The surveillance video shows a man matching that description walking into the store. The video bears a time stamp of about 4:58 a.m., about the time the woman was arriving at the store.”Anyone with information on this person is asked to contact Detective Lt. James Mazy at the Paris Police Department, 903.737.4139,” the spokesman 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.