The two Georgia residents accused of robbing a check cashing store in Oak Ridge in June allegedly ordered employees to the rear of the store at gunpoint and demanded that a male manager open the safe, authorities said. When the manager didn’t move fast enough, authorities said, the male suspect allegedly hit the employee on the head several times with the handgun while the female suspect yelled at the male suspect, “Just shoot him!”
One of the two suspects, Kianna Denise Hill, 21, of East Point, Georgia, was brought to the Anderson County Detention Facility in Clinton on Friday. She faces three counts of aggravated robbery and one count of especially aggravated kidnapping.
The other suspect is Arvenzio Clyde Miles, 22, of Riverdale, Georgia. He apparently hasn’t been extradited yet; he is not listed as an inmate at the Anderson County jail.
Hill and Miles are accused in an armed robbery at Check Into Cash at 361 South Illinois Avenue at about 3:15 p.m. Friday, June 26. Authorities said the store was allegedly robbed by two suspects armed with handguns. Hill and Miles were arrested in East Point, Georgia, southwest of Atlanta, on Wednesday, July 8.
Arrest warrants for Hill said there were two employees in the store at the time of the robbery. The manager was seated at his desk when the suspects entered the store, and the male suspect, later identified as Miles, allegedly jumped over a counter and confronted that employee at gunpoint while the female suspect, later identified as Hill, talked to the second worker, according to the warrants.
The two employees were then ordered to the rear of the store at gunpoint by the two suspects, according to the warrants, which were filed in Anderson County General Sessions Court by Oak Ridge Police Department Detective John R. Criswell.
“(The male employee) stated that the male suspect took his cellular phone from him and then physically forced him over to where the safe was located,” Criswell said. “He stated that the male suspect demanded that he open the safe and then started hitting him with his handgun when he wasn’t moving fast enough. He stated that the male suspect hit him on the head with the handgun several times while the female suspect was yelling at the male suspect, ‘Just shoot him!’”
The female employee said Hill took her cell phone from her before she was forced to a restroom in the back of the store, according to the warrants.
Miles allegedly ordered the manager to disconnect the video recorder located in the restroom where the employees were being held, the warrants said. Then, the two employees were allegedly ordered to stay where they were, Criswell said.
The employee said the suspects took all of the cash from the cash drawers at the front counter along with the video recorder and fled the business, the warrants said.
A third employee, also a female, told police she was returning from her lunch break when she was confronted at gunpoint by Hill as she walked into the business. Hill forced her to the restroom in the rear of the store and took her cell phone, the worker said. The second employee, the other female, was already being held in the restroom.
The male employee was treated at the hospital for his injuries and released, according to the warrants.
Bond for Hill has been set at $450,000.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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