The Panama City Police Department announces the arrest of 49 year old, Walter Lee Barnes of Panama City. On September 16, 2014 at 4:30 P.M. officers responded to the Cannon Oil station, located at 1520 Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard, in reference to a robbery.
The victim advised officers she was conducting a “cash drop” into the stores safe, Barnes jumped the counter and attempted to take her purse. The attendant dropped the money she was placing into the safe and attempted to get her purse back from Barnes. Barnes also grabbed some of the money she dropped and as he turned to leave, he noticed several customers in the store were calling the police.
Barnes returned the money and then fled the scene. Officers quickly located Barnes in the area and transported him to the Panama City Police Department for questioning.
After investigators completed the interview, Barnes was subsequently transported to the Bay County Jail, charged with robbery by sudden snatching.