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Macon man charged with robbing Academy Sports at knifepoint

Deputies say he held a knife to a female employee and demanded a gun

MACON, Ga. — A Macon man is charged with armed robbery after an incident at Academy Sports Saturday evening.

According to a news release, it happened just before 6 p.m. at the location on Eisenhower Parkway.

It was reported to deputies that a man entered the store with a knife and walked up to a female employee.

The release says he held the knife to her side as he demanded a handgun from the gun case.

After getting the gun, he ran away. Responding deputies saw the suspect running through the back-parking lot and arrested him after a foot chase.

The gun was returned to the store and no one was injured in the robbery.

The suspect was identified as 28-year-old Earl Purnell.

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