Man suspected of robbing Kingsport CVS and Roadrunner turns self in

Rain Smith • Jul 30, 2009 at 12:00 AM

The suspect in a crime spree that spread from Kingsport to Salem, Va., earlier this month and prompted a manhunt in Wythe County, Va., is now behind bars.

Authorities say Jason Bradley Davis, 29, turned himself in to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office and is incarcerated in Dublin, Va. According to reports from the Roanoke Times, Bradley was arrested on charges stemming from a June 25 robbery of a Bojangles’ restaurant and is suspected of robbing a Salem bank on July 5.

Kingsport police say they have obtained a warrant charging Davis with the July 7 robbery of a Colonial Heights CVS. According to Kingsport Police Department Detective David Cole, Davis is also suspected of robbing the Roadrunner Market on Carolina Pottery Drive early July 8.

Charges have yet to be placed in connection with the latter incident, when the robber brandished guns in each hand and stole money and lottery tickets.

A search for Davis began a couple hours after the Roadrunner robbery in Kingsport, just south of Wytheville, Va., on Route 11. Police spotted a truck matching the description of that used in a Marion, Va., robbery just 30 minutes prior and attempted to initiate a stop.

Davis allegedly pulled the truck to the side of the road and fled on foot. A daylong search using dogs and a helicopter was unsuccessful.

According to the Roanoke Times, Davis’ crime spree may have began in late June at a Bojangles’ where he was employed.

He told police that as he was taking out the trash a masked man strapped a device to his arm, claimed it was a bomb, and ordered him to go inside and take money from the register. Pulaski County Sheriff Jim Davis said the incident was investigated as an embezzlement.

A bomb was also referenced in the robbery of the Colonial Heights CVS. According to KPD Lt. Ralph Cline, the suspect handed a note to a clerk at the pharmacy counter demanding methadone and OxyContin. The suspect then stated he had a pistol and a pipe bomb and made threats that he would kill customers if his demands were not met.

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