At approximately 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 24, law enforcement rangers responded to a report of an armed robbery near Milepost 394.5, which is between the French Broad and Walnut Cove overlooks. A male victim in the case described the suspect as a white male, approximately 6 feet tall with a large build. The victim indicated that the suspect approached him at his vehicle, brandished a handgun, and demanded his keys, wallet and cell phone then fled the scene. The vehicle used to flee the scene is described as a dark-colored sedan with taillights similar to a Mitsubishi Lancer.
In the 24-hour period following the robbery the victim’s credit cards were fraudulently used at a gas station in Arden, a home improvement store in Hendersonvill and a grocery store in Asheville. To date, the investigation has focused on these locations, and now park officials are turning to the public for additional leads.
“This crime is a reminder that the Parkway is not immune to the types of incidents one can experience anywhere else,” said Neal Labrie, Blue Ridge Parkway Chief Ranger. “We appreciate the cooperation from local retailers, law enforcement and others in our investigation to date, and are hopeful that by asking the public for any additional leads we can successfully identity the suspect.”