2nd suspect in custody in connection to armed robberies in Kentucky, Tennessee

2nd suspect in custody in connection to armed robberies in Kentucky, Tennessee
Keith Milton Patterson was taken into custody by Tennessee authorities on Friday afternoon, May 17. (Photo courtesy: McCracken County Sheriff's Office) (Source: McCracken County Sheriff's Department)

PADUCAH, KY (KFVS) - A second suspect is in custody in connection with an armed robbery at a western Kentucky convenience store.

According to the McCracken County Sheriff’s Office, Keith Milton Patterson was taken into custody on Friday afternoon, May 17 by Tennessee authorities.

On Wednesday, May 15, arrest warrants were issued for 28-year-old Keith Milton Patterson, of Westport, Tenn., and 42-year-old Stephen Joshua Rogers, of Huntington, Tenn. They were charged with one count of possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, a class C felony.

Rogers was taken into custody on May 13 after law enforcement from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and investigators from the Union City Police Department searched Patterson’s home.

Stephen Joshua Rogers was arrested in connection to an armed robbery at Huck's in Paducah.
Stephen Joshua Rogers was arrested in connection to an armed robbery at Huck's in Paducah. (Source: McCracken County Sheriff's Department)

Officers say the search also showed evidence of methamphetamine use by the suspects.

On May 14, detectives with the McCracken County Sheriff’s Office traveled to Union City, Tenn. and interviewed Rogers. During the interview, they say he admitted to his involvement in the McCracken County Huck’s robbery on April 17.

Rogers is currently being housed in the Obion County Jail.

Back on Wednesday, April 17, at around 5:15 a.m., McCracken County sheriff’s deputies responded to the Huck’s convenience store at 5750 Benton Road for a reported armed robbery.

Store employees reported that two men, both wearing masks that partially concealed their faces, entered the store and demanded money from the cash registers.

Suspects in Huck's robbery (Source: McCracken County Sheriff's Office)
Suspects in Huck's robbery (Source: McCracken County Sheriff's Office) (Source: McCracken County Sheriff's Office)

They said one of the suspects was armed with a black handgun and shot the gun inside the store while demanding money.

According to deputies, the suspects also stole a customer’s wallet.

The suspects left the store with an undetermined amount of cash and cigarettes.

None of the victims were injured during the robbery.

On May 2, investigators with the Union City, Tenn. Police Department shared information with McCracken County deputies about a similar robbery they were investigating and the possibility that the two could be connected.

That robbery happened on April 14 at around 4 a.m. at the Pocket’s Shell station.

According to Union City police, the gas station was robbed at gunpoint by a masked man. At the time, they only had a clothing description and a vehicle description from watching store video.

Over the next few days, police say tips were called into the Crime Stoppers line about two people that had participated in a robbery together. The two people were later identified as Keith Patterson and Stephen Rogers.

Police say Patterson was identified as the man who went inside the store and robbed the clerk at gunpoint, and Stephen Rogers as the man who stayed in the getaway vehicle.

Both men were found living in Carroll County, Tenn.

After Rogers was taken into custody and interviewed, police say he confessed to robbing the Pocket’s Shell station, as well as the robbery in McCracken County several days after April 14.

Rogers was charged with aggravated battery.

According to Union City police, an investigator talked to Patterson on the phone asking that he go to the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department to answer questions about his involvement in the robbery.

Police say Patterson agreed at first, but then called later and refused to come “due to being scared.”

A search of Patterson’s home led police to find the gun believed to have been used in the robbery at the Pocket’s Shell station, as well as the robbery in McCracken County.

Warrants were issued for Patterson’s arrest for aggravated robbery and felony possession of a handgun by a convicted violent felon. Investigators are also in the process of getting warrants for the crimes in their state.

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