Armed robber killed tied to other robberies, victim speaks out

Armed robber killed tied to five other robberies, victim speaks out

Justin Jackson (Source: Knox County Sheriff's Office) Justin Jackson (Source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)
Linda Lyons, a victim in one of the armed robberies, says Jackson took the easy way out. Linda Lyons, a victim in one of the armed robberies, says Jackson took the easy way out.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The armed robbery suspect who was shot and killed outside of an East Knoxville business earlier this week has been tied to five other robberies in the Knoxville area.

Suspect Justin Pierre Jackson, 30, was killed Wednesday night as he was leaving the scene of the Dollar General store on Asheville Highway.

Jackson allegedly entered the business and demanded money from an employee. As he left, a store manager went after the suspect and several gunshots were exchanged.

The suspect's body was found a little more than a block away from the scene.

On Friday, Knoxville police say Jackson was identified as the suspect wanted for questioning in multiple business armed robberies that have occurred in the Knoxville area over the past several weeks. 

Those incidents include:

  • The robbery of the Indu Sai convenience store on Whittle Springs Road on Jan. 26
  • The robbery of a Dollar General Store on Rutledge Pike on Feb. 5
  • The robbery of a Kenjo Market on Sevierville Pike on Feb. 7
  • The robbery of a Breadbox convenience store on Whittle Springs Road on Feb. 12
  • The robbery of a CVS on Asheville Highway on Feb. 16

According to police, the suspect in those incidents was very aggressive during the robberies and the level of aggressiveness was increasing with each robbery committed. 

In at least one robbery, a gun was placed to the head of a female employee while the suspect told her he would kill her if she didn't give him the money. 

The suspect would wear a sock on one hand while committing the robberies.  The sock used in Wednesday night's Dollar General Store robbery was recovered near the suspect's body. 

Jackson has a criminal history that includes arrests for theft, drug charges, and multiple aggravated assaults.

Armed robbery victim talks about her attacker's death

The victim of the armed robbery says she's relieved the man who attacked her is dead.

However she feels that was not the punishment he should have gotten. Linda Lyons says death was the easy way out, she feels the criminal should have gone to prison.

"It was an easy way out. He should have been punished the right way," Lyons said, about her view that Jackson should have lived and gone to prison.

Based on what we know about the events at the Dollar General robbery, Lyons is especially aware she could have died during the January robbery where she was a victim. However, she does feel bad for his family.

"I'm sure he had family. And I feel sorry for the family for what he put them through. In a way they're going through what we went through, they're hurting," Lyons said.

With Jackson dead, his victims do feel some relief. Mostly just to be alive.

"I thank God every day. There's not a day that I don't," Lyons said.

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