Man charged with armed robbery after incident at shopping center

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Va. - Sheriff Fred Newman tells News 5 that in Washington County, Virginia a man is in jail charged with armed robbery after an incident at a T.J. Maxx store.

Newman says the suspect tried to steal items from T.J. Maxx in the Highlands Shopping Center on Lee Highway.

The incident happened around 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

Newman says 23-year-old Rusty Potter was attempting to steal men's undergarments when he was approached by a T.J. Maxx loss prevention employee.

Deputies say that's when potter pulled out a six-inch knife and ran from the store.

Potter was found three hours later after a search involving K9 units and the Virginia State Police helicopter.

Potter is charged with armed robbery and in jail without bond.

He's in jail without bond.

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