Armed robbery suspect in custody after hours-long manhunt along I-65

Published: Oct. 12, 2021 at 5:25 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 12, 2021 at 6:23 PM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - UPDATE: Hoover Police obtained arrest warrants against the man they said robbed the Galleria Woods Chevron 2:57 a.m. on Tuesday, October 12.

The Hoover 911 center received a call of an armed robbery at 2963 John Hawkins Parkway. The store clerk stated that a man wearing a mask walked into the store and robbed him at gunpoint. After exiting the store, the suspect was seen driving away in a dark colored SUV.

That information was broadcast to surrounding agencies and a Vestavia Hills PD officer spotted a vehicle matching that description on Columbiana Road at 3:12 A.M. The officer stopped the vehicle however, the SUV fled the traffic stop and a pursuit ensued.

Officers located the vehicle unoccupied in the Hickory Knolls Apartment complex. Officers said at 5:56 a.m., they spotted the suspect walking on I-65, near exit 252. The man ran, but was later captured near Royal Automotive.

Henry Sirnard Russell was arrested and taken to the Hoover City Jail.

The following warrants were obtained:

  • Robbery 1st degree - $60,000.00 bond
  • Certain Persons Forbidden to Possess a Pistol - $15,000.00 bond
Henry Sirnard Russell
Henry Sirnard Russell(Hoover Police Dept.)

ORIGINAL: A man suspected of robbing a Hoover gas station store clerk early Tuesday morning is in custody after an hours-long manhunt along I-65.

Hoover Police, say they responded to an armed robbery at the Galleria Woods Chevron on John Hawkins Parkway around 3:00 a.m. The suspect fled the scene.

Surrounding agencies were notified of the vehicle description and Vestavia Police located the suspect and attempted to make a stop. The suspect did not stop and instead abandoned the vehicle in the parking lot of an apartment complex near Hwy 31 and I-65.

At least a dozen police cars lined I-65 along the Lakeshore exit around 4:00 a.m. as officials set up a perimeter and continued the search.

Jeff Co. sheriff’s deputies, Vestavia Hills police, Homewood police and Hoover police were all on the scene.

The suspect continued on foot until he was caught behind a car dealership along Hwy 31.

No injuries have been reported.

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