October 31, 2011
Suspect arrested in armed robbery incident, caught in Ohio

From Knoxville Journal staff reports


The suspect in an armed robbery incident at the Ingles grocery store Oct. 28 at 214 Cedar Lane was taken into custody in Warren County, Ohio.

According to Lt. Bryan Malone of the Knoxville Police Department’s East Sector, the incident took place at approximately 3:50 p.m., as officers responded. A 70-year-old woman was getting out of her car in the parking lot, when a vehicle described as a 2007 Lincoln MKX pulled in behind and blocked her vehicle.

The suspect, identified as 52-year-old Rondell Reed, got out of his vehicle and approached the drivers side of the victim’s car. 

Reed showed a knife and reached across to the passenger seat, where the victim’s purse was located in an attempt to steal it. The victim fought back, but was stabbed several times by Reed. He fled west on Cedar Lane towards I-75.

After a chase that ensued along I-75 all the way into Ohio, deputies there were able to capture Reed and take him into custody.

It also turned out that Reed was also a suspect in a car jacking that occurred in Georgia, when he stole the Lincoln that he was driving.

Authorities said Reed was also one of two suspects that escaped from the Indian River (Fla.) County Jail last week. Reed was awaiting trial for murder.

Reed will be charged with one count of especially aggravated robbery with a $500,000 bond. Authorities said it was not clear when the warrant will be served on Reed due to multiple felony charges and trials pending in several states.  

The victim suffered non-life threatening injuries and was treated at the University of Tennessee Medical Center.