Suspect arrested in connection to alleged armed robbery at Athens Smoothie King

Benny Stafford, 38
Benny Stafford, 38(MCSO)
Published: Feb. 15, 2023 at 10:51 AM CST|Updated: Feb. 16, 2023 at 11:59 AM CST
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ATHENS, Ala. (WAFF) - Athens Police Department officers responded to an armed robbery at the Smoothie King on United States Highway 72 East in Athens on Tuesday. On Thursday, APD announced the arrest of a suspect in connection to the investigation.

According to a spokesperson for Athens PD, the suspect had a firearm and took a wallet from a victim inside the Smoothie King. Investigators identified Benny Ray Stafford as a suspect. He was also a suspect in other robbery investigations in Huntsville.

The information obtained on Stafford was shared with the Huntsville Police Department leading to Officers locating him at a motel off of Memorial Parkway. Stafford was arrested by HPD on three counts of first-degree robbery. He is currently being held at the Madison County Jail.

The Athens Police Department has obtained an additional warrant for first-degree robbery. Once he is released from the Madison County Jail, he will be extradited back to Athens.

No one was injured during the Smoothie King incident.

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