Paul S. Franks, 59, of Kuttawa, was arrested Thursday and charged with robbery in the first degree and tampering with physical evidence.
The arrest resulted from an incident the previous Saturday at Molloy’s Korner convenience store in the Confederate community of southern Lyon County.
Lyon County deputies and Kentucky State Police were called at 1:53 p.m. to a reported armed robbery at the store, approximately nine miles south of Eddyville. The initial 911 call indicated a white male had entered the store, wearing a hoodie, armed with a knife. The individual reportedly demanded cash from the clerk. A brief struggle ensued, during which the person in question allegedly attempted to stab or cut the clerk.
Upon the arrival of sheriff’s deputies Joe Witherspoon and Seth P’Pool, along with Kentucky State Police troopers, the suspect reportedly fled the scene on foot toward Kentucky Highway 274, south of the business location. Law enforcement officers spread out to search the area, but were unable to locate the suspect at that time.
Between the dates of the incident and arrest, deputies continued the investigation, by canvassing the area of the robbery.
On Sept. 17, the sheriff’s office identified the suspect, who reportedly had been visiting friends in the area during the past week. Subsequently while searching for the suspect, deputies Adams and P’Pool located and seized evidence off Driftwood Drive that allegedly was related to the robbery.
At approximately 4 p.m. that day, those deputies located the suspect and detained him, initially on traffic offenses. They transported him to the sheriff’s office for questioning. Following an interview Deputy Witherspoon conducted, Franks was arrested and charged.
He previously was convicted in McCracken County of second-degree burglary, first-degree unlawful imprisonment, assault, terroristic threatening, and violation of an emergency protective order/domestic violence order. In addition, the Lyon County Sheriff’s office reports they found Franks has a history of numerous alcohol-related offenses and bail jumping in other counties.
Franks was booked into Crittenden County Jail.