CATEGORY: Crime

AUTHOR: GIBSON

HED:Corinth hotel, restaurant robbed

By Michaela Gibson Morris

Daily Journal

CORINTH - Corinth police are investigating two apparently unrelated armed robberies at a hotel and a restaurant reported within minutes of each other early Tuesday morning.

One of the incidents, an attempted armed robbery outside Wendy's on Cass Street, left a restaurant employee shot in the chin and the shoulder, said Corinth Police Chief Fred Johnson.

Tim Brahm, 32, of Ripley, was listed in satisfactory condition Tuesday afternoon at the Regional Medical Center in Memphis, where he was transferred from Magnolia Hospital.

"It's unusual," said Johnson, because few armed robberies are reported in Corinth. "It's especially unusual to have two at nearly the same time."

At 12:13 a.m., the Executive Inn reported a man with a large-caliber, semi-automatic handgun had robbed a front desk clerk of an undisclosed amount of cash, Johnson said. The robber was described as a black male, approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing about 155 pounds. He was wearing a black and white button-down shirt and a black baseball cap pulled down over thick, black hair.

No one was injured during the Executive Inn robbery.

At 12:17 p.m., Wendy's reported an employee, Brahm, was shot during the robbery attempt outside the restaurant, Johnson said. Brahm was going to the restaurant's cooler adjacent to the building when a young black male demanded money from him.

When Brahm laughed at him, the robber apparently fired two shots at Brahm with a small chrome-plated handgun and then fled across the street and ran south of the restaurant, Johnson said.

Police have a suspect in custody, but no formal charges have been filed against him in connection with the attempted robbery and shooting of Brahm, Johnson said. The suspect's name was not released pending formal charges being filed.

Although police initially believed there might be a connection between the armed robbery at Executive Inn on U.S. 72 and the attempted armed robbery at Wendy's because of close timing, no link between them has been uncovered, Johnson said.

"We don't have any reason to believe they're connected at this time," Johnson said.

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