UPDATE: Suspect in Dollar General store robberies arrested in Manchester

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William Joshualan Hacker
William Joshualan Hacker (Photos Courtesy: Berea Police Department)

LONDON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Police in London arrested a suspect in the armed robbery of a Family Dollar store on Wednesday, who is also wanted in the robbery of two Dollar General stores in Madison County.

Police say William J. Hacker was arrested near KY 472 after he wrecked his truck while fleeing officers.

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According to an arrest report from the London Police Department, officers were sent to search for the truck involved in the armed robbery at the Family Dollar.  When they found the truck, detectives tried to execute a traffic atop, but say Hacker took off on his truck, sending a tractor off the road and nearly hitting a construction worker at Lipari Energy.

Investigators say Hacker eventually ran his truck down an embankment, but started running off on foot with a woman who was also in the vehicle.  Police were able to get to them quickly, but say Hacker resisted arrest, injuring one officer’s temple.  Hacker was eventually taken into custody.

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Investigators say a gray, plastic handgun was found in plain view of the truck’s floorboard. (Photo Courtesy: London Police Dept.)

Hacker was arrested and charged fleeing or evading police, assault of a police officer, wanton endangerment, resisting arrest, and criminal mischief. He was taken to the Laurel County Detention Center.

Cassie Seals, 26, of Berea, Ky. was taken into custody for questioning.

Richmond Police have confirmed that William Hacker was the suspect involved with two incidents at Dollar General stores in Madison County.

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11:33 a.m.

BEREA, Ky. (WTVQ) – Police in Berea say they have issued a warrant for a man they say robbed a Dollar General.

Officers say they are now looking for 33-year-old William Joshualan Hacker, of Richmond.

Anyone who knows the whereabouts of Hacker is asked to contact the Berea Police Department, the Richmond Police Department, or the Madison County Sheriff’s Office.

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9/26/16 3:50 p.m.

Police in Berea have released a surveillance photo of a man they say robbed the Dollar General store on Sunday.

Officers say the man came in to the Dollar General store on Automotive Drive just after 11:00 a.m., took a black, long-sleeve shirt from the store, put it on, and then went to the counter and asked the clerk for a pen and paper.  Investigators say the man was writing a robbery note, which read, “Empty the register very quietly and smoothly.”

After waiting for another customer to leave, police say the suspect gave the clerk the note, and then showed a silver handgun stuck in his front waist band.  Police say, however, that instead of taking any money, the man said “Just kidding,” and left the store.  Only 10 to 15 minutes later, though, the same man went into the Dollar General on Irvine Road and successfully robbed the store.

They say the suspect left the store in a gold Toyota truck with a black passenger front fender.

The man is described as having a medium build, with a goatee, and standing about 6 feet tall.  Officers say the man was wearing jeans, a white tee-shirt, the long-sleeved black shirt and white and black tennis shoes.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call Richmond police at (859) 623-1162.

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9/25/16 10:53 p.m.

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an armed robbery that happened at a Dollar General Sunday around 11:00 a.m.

The robbery took place on Irvine Road in Richmond, Kentucky.

Investigators say a man entered the story and provided the clerk with a note — telling them to keep quiet and open the register.

The suspect then showed a handgun and took money from the cash register.

Police say the man fled the scene in a gold Toyota truck with a black passenger front fender.

There were no injuries reported at scene.