Ohio murder suspect charged in Anderson convenience store robbery


Investigators with the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office believe that Robert Roy Clark, currently wanted for murder in Ohio, was involved in the early morning robbery of a 7-11 convenience store.

At 2:19 am on Sunday (Feb. 1) two armed subjects entered the 7-Eleven on Highway 187 in Anderson and demanded the clerk give them money from the store’s cash register.

One subject was described as a large white male, 6’06″, 350 lbs., wearing khaki pants, a blue hoodie and a black baseball cap. He was reportedly armed with a sawed-off shotgun. The second subject, also a white male, was approximately 5’7″, 170 lbs., wearing light-colored jeans, a black hoodie and black gloves, armed with a black semi-automatic pistol.

While the clerk complied with the robber’s demands, the larger subject unsuccessfully attempted to break into a cabinet secured in the store’s office area.

Within two minutes, both subjects were on their way out of the store with a small amount of stolen cash and several packs of stolen cigarettes. They fled the scene in a dark-in-color minivan, headed toward SC Highway 24.

Once information about the robbery suspects was reported by the local media, viewers began to contact the Sheriff’s Office indicating that the suspects’ descriptions closely resembled two subjects believed to be involved in other out-of-state incidents; including an armed robbery in West Virginia and a double-homicide in Ohio.

Investigators assigned to the case reviewed videos from the local 7-Eleven and the West Virginia robberies. They have determined that the suspects are the same.

According to reports, Clark is a suspect in the Jan. 21 deaths of an elderly couple who were kidnapped from their home in Tuscarawas County in Ohio, and were taken to another county and fatally shot. The couple’s burned bodies were found in their 1986 Pontiac Parisenne.

Clark, 29, of Dennison, Ohio, is also a suspect in a string or robberies in Georgia, West Virginia and South Carolina.

Anderson County has charged him with armed robbery along with two others, Jeffrey Caley, 28, and Tabatha Marie Hazel, 26, who authorities met say met up with Clark after the murders.

Another 21 year old Ohio man, Jeffery Stewart, has been charged in the Chumney’s death and is in custody in Ohio, officials said.