Suspect Charged in Knox Robbery Case

Davonta Bartlett

One Indianapolis resident is accused of aiding, inducing or causing robbery in an alleged incident at a Knox auto parts store on Friday, March 13.

According to the probable cause affidavit, an armed robbery event was reported to the Knox City Police Department after 9 p.m. CT on Friday, March 13 at Advanced Auto Parts in Knox.  Witnesses claim that two African American males entered the store wearing dark-hooded sweatshirts with hoods up and drawstrings pulled tight to cover their faces.   One suspect reportedly walked to the counter and demanded cash from the registers.  The suspect allegedly pointed an AK-47-style rifle at the employees as the demand was made.  An employee set the trays of money on the counter and the suspect took $1,162 out of the drawers and put the money into a backpack, according to the report.  The suspects then reportedly left the store.  The pair allegedly picked up two others that ran from the scene on foot. 

Police received information that a similar incident occurred in Rochester with a matching description of the weapon allegedly used in the Knox robbery.

The suspects were later detained in Pulaski County during a routine traffic stop.  As previously reported, the report stated that illegal contraband was found inside the vehicle along with a large sum of cash, an air soft gun which was modified in appearance (identified as an AK-47-style air soft gun), and several other suspicious items.

The driver of the vehicle, 19-year-old Davonta Bartlett, of Indianapolis, is charged with aiding, inducing, or causing robbery, as a Level 5 Felony in the alleged incident in Knox.  The other juvenile suspects are being charged in Fulton County in an alleged armed robbery incident at an auto parts store in Rochester. 

All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.