An Oak Ridge man was arrested Sunday night after allegedly robbing the J & C Market on East Tennessee Avenue, police said.
Tyrone N. Partridge, 43, reportedly displayed a handgun and demanded the contents of the register at the market at around 9 p.m. Sunday, the City of Oak Ridge said in a press release. An initial investigation showed that, during the robbery, Partridge pushed the clerk to the ground and fled the store on foot, police said.
Oak Ridge Police Department officers interviewed the clerk and canvassed the neighborhood before receiving a tip from a citizen about a suspicious vehicle nearby, the press release said. A man matching the description of the robbery suspect, later identified as Partridge, was contacted inside and then fled on foot, the press release said.
After a foot chase and brief struggle, Partridge was taken into custody and upon further investigation, was determined to be the robbery suspect, police said. He was found with $240 and other items of evidence in his possession, the press release said.
He faces charges including aggravated robbery, aggravated assault, evading arrest, and resisting arrest, the press release said. He was transported to the Anderson County Detention Facility in Clinton for booking.
The investigation is ongoing, and no further information will be released at this time, police said. Anyone with information that may help investigators is asked to call ORPD at (865) 425-4399. Crime tips can also be submitted online at http://oakridgetn.gov/department/ORPD/Home. Information can be given anonymously.