(01/11/2002)
A Pennsylvania man is a suspect in the armed robbery of Speedy Mart in Arnoldsburg. 18-year-old Brian Michael Farabaugh fired shots at a Tennessee Highway Patrol cruiser, after an officer attempted to stop a Chevrolet Geo Tracker which had been stolen from a Jackson County WV business.

The Jackson Tennessee Sun said a dozen cruisers chased the man for 40-minutes down I-40, going through three counties. Police stopped the vehicle using road spikes. Farabaugh then fired a shot into his chin and face in an apparent suicide attempt, but he is reportedly recovering from the injuries.

The man was apprehended on December 31, one day after a man held a gun on a Speedy Mart clerk in the early morning hours of December 30.

Sgt. J. D. Corbitt or Trooper Doug Starcher of the Grantsville Detachment declined to provide public information about the case after a written request, but did provide Spencer Newspapers with details. State Police declined to provide a photo of the robber taken by the stores security camera. (SEE Times-Record/Roane County Reporter story on Hur Herald LINKS under WV Newspapers)

Sgt. Corbitt told Spencer Newspapers that Farabaugh was wanted for questioning for break-ins of a pharmacy and gun store in Pennsylvania, and that 16 guns were found in his vehicle.


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