By John L. Ross / Staff Writer
“Armed and extremely dangerous” — that’s part of the description given of a Corbin man wanted in connection with an early morning armed robbery Wednesday.
Whitley County sheriff’s deputies now ask the public’s help in their search for 24-year-old Justin D. Bell — who now has an active arrest warrant charging first-degree robbery.
Chief Deputy Kenny “KY” Fuson explained the chain of events leading to the alleged robbery began approximately 2 a.m. Wednesday at the Speedway convenience store on Cumberland Falls Highway in Corbin.
Fuson explained that surveillance video from the Speedway allegedly shows the suspect pulled into the convenience store parking lot with an unidentified female.
The victim in this case, Mickey Caine, of Sadieville, was also in the parking lot.
Caine told deputies that the suspect alleged he was fighting with his girlfriend and needed a ride home, Fuson explained.
Caine agreed to give the man a ride — and they ended up on Chestnut Road just off Cumberland Falls Highway.
Once on that road, the ride turned to robbery, Fuson said.
The man told Caine to stop his vehicle — and then brandished a handgun and pointed it at Caine, demanding Caine’s wallet.
Caine complied, Fuson said, and the man exited the vehicle and hopped into his girlfriend’s yellow Volkswagen — which had followed the men to Chestnut Road.
Caine was left without his identification, credit cards, and approximately $150 in cash.
Corbin Police were initially called on the robbery — but once the location of the crime was revealed, Lt. Dennis Foley took the reins of the case.
Deputies identified Bell from the store’s surveillance video, according to Fuson. He and Detective Sgt. Tim Baker interviewed the unnamed girlfriend and she confirmed that she dropped Bell off at the convenience store.
Bell is white, approximately 6 feet tall, with brown hair and green eyes. Bell does have several tattoos. If anyone knows the whereabouts of Bell, please contact the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department at (606) 549-6006 or Whitley Dispatch at (606) 549-6017.
Harrell asked folks to not approach Bell, as he is considered armed and dangerous.
“He also had several (unrelated) warrants out on him through Probation and Parole,” Fuson added. “He was already in trouble for (allegedly) cutting off his ankle bracelet.”
Foley continues to lead the investigation with assistance from Baker and Fuson.