Armed suspects rob Liberty City business

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Two armed men held up a Liberty City convenience store early Friday morning then fled, disappearing into the night.

Gregg County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to Zippy J’s No. 7 shortly after 1 a.m. The aggravated robbery case at 6242 N. Old Hwy. 135 is ongoing as investigators scour video footage for additional clues about the masked suspects.

“Two unknown white or Hispanic males entered the location, presented a weapon and demanded money from the clerk,” GCSO Cpl. Josh Tubb reported Friday.

Both men were thin and wore dark clothing, he noted, and their faces were concealed. One suspect stood about 6-feet-tall, the other between 5-feet, 5- or 8-inches. There’s no estimate yet on the pair’s ages.

“After receiving an undisclosed amount of U.S. currency, they fled the store in an unknown direction of travel,” Tubb said. They may have escaped the scene in a late model, light-colored Dodge Charger R/T, he added later.

The sheriff’s office spokesman had no details to share about the suspect’s weapon.

The combined gas station / fast food restaurant is adjacent to Interstate 20.

“Our investigators are still working and collecting evidence,” Tubb added. “At this time, that’s all we have. We’re asking anyone to contact the Gregg County Sheriff’s Department or Crimestoppers if they have information or witnessed anything happening in the area at that time.”

Reach investigator David Falco at 903-236-8438 or submit leads to Crimestoppers via 903-236-7867 or online at GreggCountyCrimestoppers.org.