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A Hodgenville man was charged with first-degree robbery Friday evening after he allegedly robbed a store clerk at knifepoint. The suspect, identified as 30-year-old Bradley Hovious, then walked outside the store where a Hodgenville City officer was waiting with handcuffs.
About 10 p.m., a firefighter was purchasing gas from IGA Express on Lincoln Boulevard, according to Chief Steve Johnson. The firefighter, who preferred to remain anonymous, noticed a “suspicious-looking person hanging around the parking lot” and notified dispatch.
Officer Doug Sherrard was patrolling that end of town, Johnson said, and drove to the store.
“Evidently the suspect didn’t see him go in the parking lot,” Johnson said.
Sher-rard watched through the window as Hovious, wearing a blue bandana over his face and sunglasses, stood before the clerk with a knife.
“He was grabbing cash out of the drawer,” Johnson said.
Sherrard got out of the cruiser, walked to the door and “waited on the suspect to walk out.”
Hovious allegedly resisted and Sherrard “took him to the ground.” Two bystanders helped hold the suspect while Sherrard handcuffed him.
Sgt. Marcus Jackson arrived soon afterwards.
“Sgt. Jackson said it took awhile to pry the money from his hand,” Johnson said.
“The officers did an excellent job of handling it,” he added.
Hovious also is a suspect in the May robbery of IGA Express across from the LaRue County Fairgrounds, according to Johnson. The store is now closed.
In that case, a knife-wielding suspect wearing a mask entered the store about 10 p.m. and demanded money from the clerk.
Two warrants for contempt of court for failure to attend financial counseling classes connected to a cold check case were issued to Hovious once he was in custody.
He was lodged in the LaRue County Detention Center under $50,000 cash bond. He will be arraigned Wednesday in LaRue District Court.