Knox County Sheriff - Sheriff J.J. Jones
Knox County Sheriff News
KCSO Arrests Lee's Food Mart Armed Robbery Suspect
On Tuesday afternoon, the Knox County Sheriff’s Office arrested the suspect who robbed Lee’s Food Mart last Sunday. 25-year-old Corey Daniel Whaley is accused of robbing Lee’s Food Mart on Clinton Highway last Sunday around 7:00 p.m. According to the initial investigation, he entered the store and asked a clerk to make change for a dollar bill. He produced what appeared to be a handgun, pointed it at the clerk, took money from the register, and fled on foot.
Just before 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, KCSO officers located Whaley as a passenger in a vehicle driven by 23-year-old Travis Lee Nelson on Raccoon Valley Road. Officers attempted to pull over the vehicle and the driver refused to stop. After a vehicle and foot pursuit, both Whaley and Nelson were taken into custody.
Whaley is charged with aggravated robbery and is being held in the Knox County Sheriff’s Office Detention Facility on a $40,000 bond. Nelson is charged with resisting arrest, evading arrest, and driving on a suspended license with a total bond amount of $7,000. He also has an outstanding warrant in Anderson County.
Whaley has a criminal history in Knox County that includes assault, simple possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, criminal trespass, theft, possession of legend drug without prescription, attempted theft, leaving the scene of an accident, and forgery. Nelson’s Knox County criminal history includes aggravated assault.