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Grand jury indicts homeless man in robbery of Scott County gas station

Wes Bunch • May 7, 2013 at 9:22 PM

GATE CITY — A homeless Ohio man was indicted on felony charges Monday for his alleged role in the armed robbery last month of a Scott County gas station.

The Scott County grand jury indicted Domonique Parnell, 19, on one count each of robbery and the use of a firearm in commission of a felony.

Parnell — whose last known residence was in Columbus, Ohio — was one of 15 people indicted by the grand jury on a total of 37 counts, the Scott County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office said.

The allegations against Parnell stem from the April 4 armed robbery of the Patriot Gas-Wilderness Road Market, located at 3552 U.S. Route 23 in Gate City.

According to police accounts, Parnell entered the gas station around 9:30 p.m. and demanded one of the two clerks on duty give him money.

Parnell then allegedly grabbed several $20 bills before fleeing the store.

Witnesses told authorities that they believed Parnell brandished a semi-automatic pistol during the alleged robbery. Authorities later determined the weapon to be a pellet gun.

Parnell was arrested following a search by the Gate City Police Department, Scott County Sheriff’s Office and Virginia State Police. A GCPD K9 officer reportedly located Parnell hiding in a storm drain alongside U.S. Route 23 in Gate City.

Scott County Commonwealth’s Attorney Marcus McClung said Parnell told authorities that he is homeless and committed the robbery as he was driving south through the area from Kentucky.

McClung said Parnell had no prior criminal history.

A preliminary hearing date for Parnell is pending in Scott County Circuit Court.

McClung said the remaining 35 indictments returned by the grand jury varied from drug-related crimes to theft and passing bad checks.

Names of those indicted are expected to be released in the coming days.

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