Written by Adam Hicks
Monday, 12 October 2009 12:23
Authorities were able to apprehend a suspect yesterday who they believe was involved in an armed robbery at the Citgo Kangaroo Express near the Peddler on Blowing Rock Road in Boone and the B & B Mini Mart in Vilas.
According to Captain Jim Wilson of the Boone Police Department, 19-year-old David Tester, of Mountain City, Tennessee, is believed to have used a rifle to rob the Citgo Kangaroo gas station at 4:54 yesterday afternoon. The suspect then left in a gold colored car.
Captain Wilson said Watauga County Sheriff’s deputies spotted the vehicle on Wilson Ridge Road and attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver wouldn’t pull over. A vehicle pursuit began. The car chase ended on Charlie Hollar Road when the suspect left the vehicle with a firearm and began running across the New River toward Bamboo Road.
Authorities had set a perimeter on the Bamboo Road side of the River and after a brief struggle, were able to take Tester into custody between 5:15 and 5:30 p.m. on Monday.
Wilson explained that with help from the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office, authorities found that Tester matched the description of the suspect who had allegedly entered the B&B store in Vilas with a firearm and demanded money.
Tester and a Boone Police officer were taken to Watauga Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries. Both were treated and released.
Tester faces numerous charges including robbery with a dangerous weapon, two counts of assault by pointing a gun, and several others. He was given a $100,000 bond and will appear in court on November 5.
The Boone Police Department, Watauga County Sheriff’s Office, and the State Bureau of Investigation were all involved in the investigation and apprehension of the suspect.
(Mug shot courtesy of the Boone Police Department; photos taken by Steve Frank)