South Precinct detectives are asking for the public’s assistance in locating convicted armed robber and parolee Billy Frank Garrett, Jr., who has been identified as one of two men who held-up the CVS pharmacy, 735 Harding Place on the night of April 27.
According to Metro Police, Garrett, 42, and an accomplice entered the store, went behind the counter, and began stealing cartons of cigarettes. When one of the employees went to stop them, the suspect identified as Garrett pulled a knife and told the employee to back away. The accomplice put his hand in his pocket and told the employee that he had a gun, although no firearm was seen, police said.
The broadcast of surveillance video from the store led to the identification of Garrett. The accomplice has not yet been identified.
Anyone seeing Billy Frank Garrett, Jr., or knowing his whereabouts is urged to contact South Precinct Investigations at 862-7640 or Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME. Citizens can also send an electronic tip to Crime Stoppers by texting the word “CASH” along with their message to 274637 (CRIMES).
Garrett was convicted of aggravated robbery in 2004 and received a 10-year sentence. He was also convicted of aggravated robbery in 1995.
In addition, Garrett has convictions for assault, multiple thefts, aggravated trespassing and vandalism.