Suspected armed robber behind bars


Dothan, Ala. (WDHN) — The man suspected to be responsible for two armed robberies, and possibly a third, has been apprehended.

Carlos Rashawn Blocker, 40, is behind bars after police arrested him Tuesday morning following at least two armed robberies in the past four days; the most recent one happening at the Subway located on Highway 84.

“When he fled the Subway he ran into the wooded area just east of Subway,” said Lt. Lynn Watkins. “(He) was able to change clothes and left his clothes that he was wearing during the robbery in the woods and he was seen exiting onto Kelley Drive when the police stopped him.”

According to reports, Blocker used the same method for each of his robberies.

“He had an item wrapped in a towel that he was using to make the clerk think that he had a weapon,” Watkins said.

Subway Manager Kelly Hurt spoke to WDHN and described what it was like when Blocker entered her store.

“He was screaming give me the money, give me the money, I’m not going to hurt you, I’m not going to hurt you,” Hurt said. “I got the money out of the cash register and I put that in the bag.”

Despite being robbed, Hurt said she hopes Blocker finds the help that he needs.

“I hope he gets his life straight and I hope he finds the Lord,” Hurt said. “Everybody makes mistakes and so I hope he straightens out.”

Meanwhile, one business owner near Loan Max said she fears something like this might happen again.

“As close as it is to my business, it’s making me more aware to be more cautious of my surroundings,” said Vanity Bar owner Gabrielle Melton.

Because the Loan Max investigation is ongoing, police could not confirm whether Blocker was the suspect involved in that robbery. However more charges are expected to be brought in that case.

In the meantime, Blocker is being held in the Houston County Jail.

Correction: In an earlier version of this story a quote by Hurt was misattributed. It has been fixed to attribute the correct person.

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