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Suspect caught under covers
Man charged in robberies hid in bed

By Holly Hollman 340-2445

OWENS — A man local authorities said is a suspect in three robberies since October tried to hide from investigators under bed covers Sunday night, Sheriff Mike Blakely said.

The sheriff said Charles David Greenway, 21, who has given addresses in Elkmont, Owens and Enterprise, allegedly went inside West Side Video on Alabama 99 on Sunday night with his hand under his shirt.

"He acted like he had a gun, but we don't think he had a weapon," Blakely said. "He was only able to get a small amount of money."

The store is in the Owens community, west of Athens.

Blakely said Greenway allegedly sent a 15-year-old boy into the store "to case the joint out."

"Witnesses saw two guys running behind the store," Blakely said. "We got the search dogs out."

A deputy saw two males while conducting the search and tried to approach them, Blakely said, but the duo ran. A witness recognized the 15-year-old. Investigators found him lying on a couch at Owens Apartments.

Investigators also found a man who fit the robber's description, but Blakely said the man's wife yelled, "You got the wrong one. You want David Greenway."

"At the apartment, we found Greenway hid in the bed, completely covered up," Blakely said. "We've had some burglaries in that area, and we think he could be involved. Athens police also arrested him not long ago. He's just a crack head."

Investigators have not charged the teen. Greenway is in the county jail charged with first-degree robbery. No bond is set due to his robbery charge in Athens.

Athens police Capt. Marty Bruce said Greenway allegedly robbed the J-Mart at U.S. 72 and Hine Street in October. Greenway allegedly pointed a knife at the clerk and said, "I don't want to hurt anybody, but I want the money," according to police reports.

Greenway took an undisclosed amount of cash, pack of cigarettes and a lighter.

Athens investigators found him on a front porch on Tower Street and found the cigarettes and lighter on him. Sgt. Trevor Harris said Greenway allegedly used the money for crack cocaine.

Police charged him with first-degree robbery.

Bruce said Greenway also is a suspect in the Dec. 5 robbery of the J-Mart where a knife-welding robber wore a gray T-shirt pulled over his head with holes cut out for eyes.

Bruce said the robber got a small amount of cash.

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