Kingsport police searching for chimpanzee-masked robbery suspect


Police need your help in finding a man who they say robbed a convenience store in Kingsport while wearing a chimpanzee mask.

Officers responded to an armed robbery at Zoomers at 4221 West Stone Drive in Kingsport around 11:45 p.m. Thursday.

Police said the suspect entered the store and brandished what appeared to be a handgun. The suspect is described as a white man who is about 5-foot-9 with a stocky build. He was wearing blue jeans and a tan work style coat over a gray hooded sweatshirt.

The suspect was carrying a backpack and ordered the clerk to "put it in the bag," police added. The suspect grabbed a few packs of cigarettes, fled on foot, crossed West Stone Drive and was last seen entering the field in the vicinity of the Holly Hills apartment complex.

A K-9 tracked the suspect to the complex, but he was not found.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call 423-229-9429.

You can also watch a video of the incident below.