Teens honored for catching armed robbery suspect in Buncombe Co.

(ASHEVILLE)- Buncombe Co. Sheriff Van Duncan made a special presentation to two Clyde A. Erwin High School students today for their roles in capturing an armed robbery suspect last month at the Ingles gas station on New Leicester Highway.

On February 17, 2016 at around 8 p.m., 17-year-old Alex McGlothlin and 18-year-old Cameron Connors were both working at the store when a man initially attempted a robbery inside of the gas station by pulling out a knife and demanding money.

The sheriff says that initial attempt was unsuccessful due to the security glass partition separating the clerk from the suspect.

The robber then went outside and stole the wallet of a woman who was pumping gas with her daughter in the car, according to the Duncan.

In an attempt to flee the scene, the suspect, Travis Lee Coffey of Leicester, was tackled and detained by McGlothlin and Connors until sheriff’s deputies arrived.

Coffey was charged with three counts of attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon and one count of common law robbery.

“It is just awesome when we see a couple of young men like Alex and Cameron step-up and protect people in the community,” said Sheriff Duncan. “They put themselves in personal danger but stepped up anyway and held on to this guy until the Sheriff’s office could get there.”

In a brief ceremony at the school this afternoon in front of Erwin High School students and staff, Sheriff Duncan presented both young men with the Exemplary Citizen Award and a Challenge Coin to recognize their bravery. The female victim is an employee of Massage Envy, which was on-hand to present both students with a gift for their heroism.

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