DUNCAN, OK (KSWO) -Police say they know the identity of the suspect accused of robbing a Duncan convenience store and the search continues in an effort to bring him to justice.
Duncan police say Larry Nixon walked into the Camelback Corner convenience store just before 2 p.m. Sunday, grabbed a can of beer and asked the clerk for a pack of cigarettes. Police say when she turned around to cash Nixon out, he told her if she'd give him all the money in the cash register he wouldn't hurt her. Police say she gave Nixon the money, he walked out of the store, got into his truck and drove away.
Duncan Police Detective Dustin Smith says it took a little more effort than surveillance video to nail down a name for the suspect in this case, but he says the key piece of evidence came from a person with first-hand knowledge about the case.
Detective Smith says when police hit a brick wall with the surveillance video, he turned to the victim for more clues about the robbery suspect.
"Luckily, the clerk had got the tag number when he left. We tracked that down and found out the owner of the car was not the person we were looking for," Det. Smith explained.
But all was not lost. Detective Smith says the tags on the suspect's car were still registered to the previous owner. Smith says it was through conversation with the truck's previous owner he was able to get a name for the suspected robbery suspect…Shawn Nixon. Smith says that name left him with more questions than answers.
"We weren't able to find a Shawn Nixon in our records, we were kind of stuck. When we got back to the PD after we cleared the scene, I checked our radio logs, found that they had actually stopped a Larry Shawn Nixon in that car on Friday. Made a positive ID on him based on that name," Det. Smith said.
Detective Smith says now that he has a name to put with a face, a warrant has been issued for Larry Shawn Nixon. Detective Smith says he's not hopeful he'll get answers as to why Nixon robbed the convenience store.
"I would interview him if we can find him, if he doesn't want to talk to me that's fine, we don't need an interview. We have a really solid case right now. I figure he's laying low hiding somewhere, he'll turn up," Det. Smith said.
At the end of the day, Detective Smith says he's glad the situation wasn't deadly.
"She did really good. The situation worked out really well, no one was hurt. The only loss was some money…that can be replaced," Det. Smith said.
Detective Smith says the robber got away with around $670 in cash. He hopes to make an arrest in the case soon.