The Newton Police Department and other local authorities are looking for a man who allegedly robbed the Newton Quick Food Mart No. 2 Shell station on Christmas night and held the cashier at gunpoint.
Newton Police Lt. James Creel identified the suspect as Traquan Rashad Kidd, 23, of Decatur said he is wanted for aggravated armed robbery. Creel also said the suspect is wanted on charges from Newton County Drug Court.
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Creel said the suspect entered the convenience store between 9:30 and 10 p.m. and was wearing a surgical mask during the incident, but he said the cashier and other customers inside the store recognized the suspect.
“The suspect didn’t try to hide the gun through a bag or anything like that," Creel said. "He brandished the handgun, put it to the cashier’s head and demanded the money from the cash register. Nobody saw from where he came or where he went after it was over. After he went behind the building, no one saw where he went."
Creel said the suspect may have had either a getaway car or a getaway driver behind the gas station, but that information was not available at this time. The suspect was spotted him near the apartments on West Church Street near the Newton Street Department not long after the incident.
A bulletin has been entered into the National Crime Information Center database, and Creel said the suspect will be extradited from any state.
Creel said the suspect is presumed to be armed and dangerous, and if you spot the suspect to call the Newton Police Department at 601-683-2041, Newton County Sheriff’s Department at 601-635-4401, Eighth Judicial Drug Court at 601-253-2833 or 911 immediately.
“Please do not try to apprehend the suspect by yourself,” Creel said.