LINCOLN COUNTY, N.C. – A Lincoln County store owner suffered minor injuries when he tried to tackle a robbery suspect Monday morning, detectives said.

According to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, two men entered Jerry’s One Stop on East Highway 27 in Iron Station around 8 a.m. and pretended to make a small purchase. Deputies said that when the clerk opened the cash register, one of the men reached into the drawer and snatched cash.

The store owner's wife said she was clerking the register when the incident occurred.

Investigators said she yelled to her husband, the store owner, who approached the man and grabbed him from behind and took him to the ground.

During the exchange, the suspect got away from the owner and he and the other man involved ran from the store. A customer at the store’s gas pumps followed the suspects before they got into a parked vehicle and fled the scene, police said.

Tyrone Matthew Rozzell, photo submitted by Lincoln County Sheriff's Office.
Tyrone Matthew Rozzell, photo submitted by Lincoln County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies later identified 46-year-old Tyrone Rozzell, of Hickory, as the man wanted in connection with Monday morning's incident. Rozzell is described as a black male, listed at 5-foot-6 with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen driving a silver 2014 Hyundai Elantra with a N.C. license plate FAB-1872.

The owners are in their mid-70s and very popular in the Iron Station area. A stream of cars was seen following the incident as concerned customers came by to check up on the couple.

No arrests have been made in the case. Anyone with information on Rozzell or this incident is asked to call the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office at 704-732-9050.