A Smith County convenience store owner, injured in an armed robbery, is not letting the incident slow him down. Three black males were arrested last night for the robbery at the Four Corners Grocery and Grill in eastern Smith County. Jacobe Hordge, 18, Ledale Kelley, 18, and Tremaine Wagoner, 20, of Tyler are all charged with aggravated robbery and evading arrest.
"I was afraid he was going to shoot me again so I headed for the back door behind the register," said Four Corners Grocery and Grill owner Michael Wintters. The 54-year-old was getting ready to close up the store when he saw two suspicious-looking men outside. He went to the door to ask them what they were doing. "I told him you need to just turn around and go back the way you came from and act like this never happened," said Wintters.
The men refused to leave, and then Wintters tried to close the store's glass door. That's when one of the men pulled out a gun and shot at Wintters. The glass shattered, cutting his face.
Melissa Bickery has been working at the for just a week. "I turned around and I called my boss' name and I said, 'Mike?' and I saw him bent down at the Pepsi machine with hand over his eye and blood dripping from his eye," said Bickery. "I thought I was supposed to get killed. I thought about my children, that was the first thing that came into my mind."
Wintters was rushed to the hospital but he was back at work this morning. He says if he had to do it all over again, he would have called 911 when he first became suspicious. Smith County Sheriff's Deputies say they caught up with the alleged robbers after they led police on a eight-mile chase.
Oralia Ortega reporting, email@example.com
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