Attempted convenience store robbery nets arrests

Published 9:49 am Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Officers with the Franklin Police Department responded to the Park-N-Shop on East Second Avenue in downtown Franklin on Friday in regard to reports of an attempted armed robbery. According to Capt. Tim Whitt, spokesman for the Franklin Police Department, police were called at 8:49 p.m. and investigating officers learned upon entering the store that two suspects wearing masks and hoodies entered the store, brandished knives and demanded money.

One employee countered their demands by producing a handgun, at which time the suspects fled. They were last seen getting into a silver or gray Mercury.

A similar robbery occurred at this location on May 6, which resulted in the suspect getting away with an undetermined amount of cash during that incident.

Investigation of both incidents has resulted in the arrest of several suspects. They are:

• Brian Wayne Barrett, white male, 23, homeless, charged with attempted armed robbery, wearing a mask in public and conspiracy to commit robbery.

• Alexandria Brown, white female, 22, homeless, charged with conspiracy to commit robbery.

• Emily Joan Matos, white female, 22, homeless, charged with conspiracy to commit robbery.

All suspects have been remanded to Western Tidewater regional Jail and are being held without bond. A fifth suspect, Nathan James Gooding of Suffolk, has an active warrant for conspiracy to commit robbery.

Due to ongoing investigation in other jurisdictions, booking photos are not available at this time.