A Virginia man is in custody after allegedly trying to rob a Quick Stop store about 10 p.m. Saturday at knifepoint, Greeneville police said.
Devin S. Messer, 20, of Tazewell, Va., was taken into custody about an hour after the incident and charged with aggravated robbery, Officer Rick Burgner said in a report.
Police received a report of an armed robbery at the Marathon Quick Stop Market at 1155 Tusculum Blvd.
An employee in the store at the time of the robbery told police that she and another man inside the store knew Messer, who entered wearing an orange hoody.
Both victims told police that Messer grabbed the man by the throat "and put a knife to his throat at the cash register and told (the employee) to give him all the money," the report said.
As the clerk was removing the cash from the register, "He just let go of the (man) and ran out the door," the report said.
The male victim had a small cut on his neck that was bleeding when police arrived, the report said.
Messer was found by police outside the Sun Valley Apartments on Sun Valley Drive, the report said.
Bond was set at $50,000. Messer was scheduled to appear today in General Sessions Court.