|On November 30, 2015 at approximately 3:45 PM, Kingsport Central Dispatch received a report of an attempted armed robbery that had just occurred at Quality Plus Gas and Discount Tobacco Store, located at 841 East Stone Drive in Kingsport. Kingsport Police Patrol Officers and Detectives promptly responded to the scene to investigate.
Upon speaking to store personnel, they learned that the suspects were two males in their late teens or early twenties. One of the suspects approached the window and distracted the clerk by asking for a particular type of cigar. When the clerk looked away, the other suspect approached the window brandishing what appeared to be a black semi-automatic pistol.
The second suspect demanded money, reached into the window, and attempted unsuccessfully to open the cash register. The clerk shouted for another employee to call 9-1-1, and both suspects fled the scene empty-handed on foot. Another witness reported possibly seeing the suspects a few minutes later fleeing on bicycles.
Several officers, one of whom was Chief of Police David Quillin, began searching the surrounding area for the described suspects. A few minutes later, Chief Quillin spotted and detained an individual, matching the description of the suspect who had brandished the gun, walking with a female in the area of the nearby Cloud Apartments.
The suspect was identified as Matthew West. Further investigation determined that just prior to being detained, he had handed a BB gun to the female. The BB gun matched the description of the weapon used in the robbery. He was soon positively identified as one of the suspects in the robbery.
Mr. West was arrested for Attempted Aggravated Robbery and transported to the Kingsport City Jail where he remains confined in lieu of a $20,000 bond as set by the presiding judge. The other suspect remains unidentified and at large.
The entire incident was captured on surveillance video. Three photos of the unidentified suspect taken from that footage have been included in this release. Actual clips from that footage have been made available for viewing on the K.P.D. YouTube channel via the links below:
The unidentified suspect can be seen in the photos and video wearing a tan work coat, gray or blue pants, a dark colored ball cap, and red or pink shoes. Anyone who recognizes him is asked to contact Detectives in the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division at 423-229-9429 or call Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111.
Alternatively, if an individual who is able to supply information related to this or any other case wishes not to be identified, tips can be submitted anonymously via online “Citizen Feedback” forms available at the following link: