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Athens man allegedly robs clerk who gave him change for phone

By Holly Hollman 340-2445

ATHENS — A man allegedly robbed and threatened to kill a gas station clerk who gave him change for the pay phone, Athens police said.

Capt. Marty Bruce identified the man as Bryan Edward Hooper, 33, of 402 N. Jefferson St., Apartment 12, Athens.

Bruce said at 1:50 a.m. Tuesday, Hooper allegedly walked into the Texaco station at U.S. 72 and Cloverleaf Drive and got change.

Five to 10 minutes later, he returned and all demanded money, police said.

"The clerk resisted, and Hooper told her he had a gun and reached for his waistband," Bruce said. "Hooper told the clerk she had five seconds, or he would kill her."

Bruce said a customer then pulled into the parking lot, and Hooper allegedly grabbed the cash drawer and left in a car.

Lt. Trevor Harris found the car at a home on Westmoreland Avenue and saw a man getting cigarettes from the vehicle.

Harris asked who owned the car, and the man replied, "a white guy."

Hooper allegedly ran out the back door of the house and hid in a vacant home until 5:30 a.m. A neighbor to the home saw Hopper leave and told authorities, police said.

Limestone County deputy Brent Burroughs saw Hooper run into Powers' Apartments and arrested him, Bruce said.

Hooper has not told police what he did with the money, and police did not find a weapon on him at the time of his arrest.

Police charged him with first-degree robbery. He was awaiting a bond hearing and transfer to the county jail.

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