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Valley police name suspect in Waffle House robbery

VALLEY — The suspect in the Oct. 9 robbery of the Waffle House has been identified, according to the Valley Police Department.

Valley Police Major Mike Reynolds said Jerome Avery, 52, is the suspect, and there is a warrant out for his arrest for first-degree robbery.

Police say Avery is described as a black male, 5-feet, and 11-inches tall, weighs 170 pounds and his last known whereabouts were in Lanett.

At about 3 a.m. Wednesday morning, officers were called to the Waffle House, located at 2800 20th Avenue, due to a robbery.

When officers arrived, they learned from a cashier and witness that the suspect approached the cashier and demanded money. He indicated he had a weapon.

Police say the cashier grabbed an undetermined amount of cash from the register and handed it to the suspect. The man then left on foot and was last seen walking toward the rear of the building. Police say no weapon was seen and nobody was injured.

The police are asking for the public’s help in located Avery.

Anybody with information is asked to call the police at (334) 756-5200 or the Valley Area Crime Stoppers at (334) 756-8200. Reynolds said a reward of up to $500 could be awarded for information leading to the arrest of Avery.