HAZARD – Kentucky State Police are investigating two unrelated attempted armed robberies in Perry and Knott counties.
The attempt in Perry County occurred at the Jiffy Cash near Wabaco when a man with a gun walked into the business and demanded the employee on duty hand over money. WYMT-TV in Hazard reported that instead of giving the perpetrator the money, he was asked to leave the business.
The man ultimately left without the money. An employee at the Jiffy Cash declined to comment on the incident to the Herald on Friday.
The television station reported that the man was still being sought by police, and was described as being a short man with a stocky build, and was last seen wearing a dark green sweatshirt.
State Police were then called to a business in Knott County the following day after another attempted robbery.
Authorities arrested 39-year-old Eric L. King, of Leburn, after police say he entered the Ameri-Cash in Hindman just after 1:30 p.m. and demanded money.
King was driving a white Ford Explorer at the time, police say, and was armed with a handgun, but during the course of the alleged robbery was subdued by a citizen until police could arrive.
King was charged with first-degree robbery, but will also face additional charges stemming from a Dec. 18 robbery at the same business. Police say through further investigation, it was determined that King had also perpetrated the first robbery, and will be charged in that case as well.