Two men are being sought in connection with an early morning armed robbery at the Trails End Convenience Store, rural Jay.
The incident took place when two men entered the convenience store at approximately 4 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 17, shortly after the shift change and attacked the newly-arrived store clerk who was working in the office.
According to Delaware County Sheriff's Captain Gayle Wells, one suspect struck the clerk, Randolph Curry, 62, in the head at least twice with a small caliber weapon.
Before leaving the store the suspects stole the victim's grey Eddie Bauer jacket, a small amount of cash from the store's register, the daily cash receipts from the office and the store's video security dvd system.
Wells said the blows to the head left Curry in a semi-conscious state, and he was unable to determine what the men were driving when they left the store.
Wells said Curry indicated the men may have been under the influence of a controlled substance at the time of the robbery.
Curry, who is the son of the store's owner A.M. Curry, said he was left "banged up, but alive" from the incident.
The blows to his head left Curry unable to go for help immediately following the attack, Wells said.
Curry said he was able to get to the nearby home of Frank Rogers, the overnight clerk for the store, and call for help at approximately 5 a.m. Delaware County Deputy Travis Goodman responded to the scene.
Wells said the 911 call was originally directed to Benton County (Arkansas) Dispatchers before being re-directed to Delaware County Dispatchers because it was made using a mobile phone.
Curry said the incident took place shortly after Rogers' shift ended and he had left for home.
Curry said he was alright and did not seek medical treatment. He was in the store on Tuesday morning, assessing how much money was taken from the business.
Wells said the two suspects are described as being white males in their mid-30s, wearing tan Carhartt coveralls and ski masks, with at least one wearing heavy work boots. One suspect was described at being 6-foot-1, weighing approximately 180 to 190 pounds; the other was described as being 5-foot-10, weighing between 160 to 170 pounds.
The Delaware County Sheriff's Office issued an area-wide broadcast following the incident. Wells said deputies are unaware of any similar robberies happening in the region, or in Delaware County, at this time.
Persons with additional information concerning the incident are asked to contact the Delaware County Sheriff's Office at 918-253-4531.