HARRODSBURG — A Harrodsburg man is being sought on a first-degree robbery charge after he allegedly robbed the Marathon store at 620 S. College St. at gunpoint about 10:15 p.m. Wednesday.
Terrence Lee Walker, 21, was last seen in Campbellsville and is considered armed and dangerous. He remained at large this morning, and Campbellsville police urged anyone who encounters Walker to immediately call the police and not approach him.
Harrodsburg police responded to the Marathon store Wednesday night after an employee, 18-year-old Mason Shirley, reported he had been robbed at gunpoint. Shirley described the suspect as an African-American male in his early to mid 20s, wearing a white T-shirt, jeans and a camouflage jacket with a hood.
Shirley reported that Walker entered the store and walked around until the store manager, Richard Morris, went outside to change the gas prices. At that point, Walker positioned himself at the side of the counter where he drew a handgun after Shirley opened the cash register to make change for a customer.
Walker then allegedly ordered Shirley to leave the cash register drawer open while pointing the handgun at him. Walker removed the cash and left the Marathon parking lot on foot.
Shirley, Morris and a customer all saw Walker and gave the same description of the suspect.
“I can’t believe how well Mason Shirley handled himself under these unbelieveable circumstances,” said Morris.
“This young man is only 18 years old and yet was calm, collected and knew exactly what do, all with a 9 millimeter being pointed at his gut,” Morris said.
“I always knew he was a bright kid, but this really impressed me,” said Morris, adding that Shirley was an Advanced Placement student at Mercer County Senior High School and will attend the University of Louisville.
“Mason was so calm, in fact, that when he told me we were robbed, I thought he was kidding. Mason apparently went to school with Walker. That’s how he was able to identify him,” Morris said. “That guy (Walker) had to be nuts to think he would get away with this.”
Morris said Harrodsburg officers responded immediately. “They, too, were on the ball and were very helpful in my opinion,” Morris said. “And then the guys from Danville brought over tracking dogs.”
But neither the police or dogs were able to apprehend the suspect.
A short time later, however, police received a call from someone who claimed to have given a ride to a man matching Walker’s description. The driver of the vehicle and the passengers claim the man jumped from the vehicle in Campbellsville after a police car approached with lights on.
Walker once again fled from police and had not been apprehended as of 9:35 a.m. today.
Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for any information as to Walker’s whereabouts. He is 5-11 and weighs about 215 pounds.