GRETHEL – Hayes Nicholas Hall Jr., 28 of Grethel, was in court Monday in connection to the armed robbery of VIP Fuels located at Grethel.
Ann West, manager of VIP Fuels was also in court to support witness and victim Angie Newsome, cashier at VIP Fuels. Newsome took the stand Monday to give her account of what happen on the night of Wednesday, March 23. Newsome stated on the witness stand that the night of March 23 she was working with coworker Sabrina Bietler. Newsome was working the cash register when the accused Hall entered VIP Fuels wearing a camouflage hoodie, then brandished a weapon and demanded money from the register. Newsome states she then fled from behind the counter and locked herself inside a break room where she proceeded to call 911. According to Newsome’s testimony Hall went around the counter and opened both cash registers and took an undisclosed amount of money. When attorney’s examining Newsome on the witness stand asked how she knew it was Hays Nicholas Hall Jr. that robbed the store, she stated he was a regular customer and shopped at the convenience store almost daily.
Hall sat somber in court looking down at his shoes as the account of his alleged crime was told.
The Floyd County Times spoke to Hall’s mother, Julie Akers of Grethel, about the charges pending against her son.
“Nick was at my house the entire night that this crime occurred,” stated Julie Akers, mother of Hayes Nicholas Hall. “My daughter was sick and was taken to the hospital by ambulance and EMS workers that came to her saw Nick at home with his children. What puzzles me is if they knew it was Nick that robbed the store, why did they wait to come and arrest him? Also what I can’t understand supposedly he stole cash registers and money, why if he stole a cash register full of money was he bothering to take off a load of scrap metal when he was arrested? I know he did not commit this robbery, because he was babysitting his three children ages 2.3 and 5 the entire night and did not leave the house.”
Hall remains in the Floyd County Detention Center until he appears back in court date, which is set for 9:30 a.m. on July 8.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at 606/886-8506.