The recent string of grocery/convenience store robberies continued Thursday night as the Babylon International Grocery on South Second Street was hit.

According to police scanner transmissions and a campus crime alert issued by Eastern Kentucky University, a white man in his late 30s carrying a pistol robbed the store shortly after 8 p.m.

The grocery is about two blocks from the university campus.

According to the campus alert, the suspect had gray facial hair, wore a gray toboggan, a green hoodie and black gloves.

He ran away on foot toward Wellington Avenue.

In December, Richmond police, along with the federal Alcohol, Tobacco and Fire Arms law enforcement agency, announced a $6,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect believed to have committed four robberies from Nov. 30 to Dec. 10.

The first robbery occurred Nov. 30 at the Bybee Grocery off Irvine Road. The D&G Food Mart on East Main Street was robbed twice on Dec. 6 and again on Tuesday. The Red House Road Redi Mart was robbed on Dec. 8, and the Kingston Shell on US 421 was robbed Dec. 10.

Anyone with information about any of the robberies is asked to contact RPD’s Criminal Investigations Unit at 623-1162, Ext. 3002, or email:

According to an RPD report, D&G employees told officers that a man brandished a large knife Tuesday and ordered them to open their registers. He then removed the cash drawers and fled.

Officers searched the area, but were unable to locate the suspect, the report stated.

He was described as a white man about 5 feet, 7 inches or 5 feet, 8 inches tall with an average build. He was wearing a black hoodie and/or a dark blue jacket and had a cloth wrapped around his face, the report stated.

Broadway Avenue Man charged with wanton endangerment

Martin Cruz Jr., 51, of West Broadway Avenue, was charged Wednesday with three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment and other offenses including threatening his family with a firearm.

According to the RPD report, officers were dispatched to the Cruz residence about 5 a.m. Upon arrival, the officers detained Cruz and learned from family members that he became involved in an altercation with them after arriving home about 4 a.m. During the dispute, Cruz grabbed and pushed a family member and retrieved a handgun, which he waved around while threatening the lives of his family and a visitor at the house, the report stated.

Officers recovered the handgun and additionally charged Cruz with three counts of third-degree terroristic threatening and fourth-degree assault.

Cruz was lodged in the Madison County Detention Center, where he remained Thursday evening, according to the jail’s online records.

Woman charged with drug offenses, public intoxication

Richmond police charged Christy L. Robar, 38, of Bowerwood Drive, with first-degree possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia Thursday after she was arrested on a public intoxication charge.

According to the report, officers were dispatched about 1 a.m. to Walmart in response to a report of a woman who appeared to be under the influence of drugs.

Upon arrival, officers witnessed Robar staggering and having trouble pushing her cart while obviously intoxicated, the report stated. She was taken into custody and a search of her purse produced a small baggie of heroin, three used and two unused needles and a burnt spoon.

Robar was lodged in the detention center, where she remained Thursday evening, according to the jail’s online records.

Burglary of Business

RPD officers responded about 5:25 a.m. Dec. 25 to a report of a possible burglary at the Little BP Food Mart on Berea Road. Upon Arrival, officers found the front door glass of the business had been broken out. Officers checked the building but failed to locate any intruders.

A representative of the business told officers that numerous cartons of cigarettes were missing. The glass on an arcade claw machine inside the store also was broken, and several $1 and $5 bills had been removed, the report stated.

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