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Nathan Knight Manwarren

Originally published: 2013-12-28 15:58:10
Last modified: 2013-12-28 15:58:56

Robbery suspects arrested

Two suspects have been arrested by the Boone Police Department on charges that stem from a robbery at Cracker Barrel Restaurant in August.

At 9 p.m. on Aug. 8 at about, a person wearing a mask entered the Cracker Barrel Restaurant, located at 1601 Blowing Rock Road in Boone, and robbed the cashiers at gunpoint.

The cashiers complied and gave the suspect an undisclosed amount of cash.

The suspect ran out of the store and was last seen running in the direction of the Harris Teeter Store. No one was hurt during the incident.

The Boone Police Department has now closed the robbery investigation, which has lasted nearly five months, and resulted in two arrests.

Nathan Knight Manwarren, 28, of Rabbit Run Road, Boone, was identified as the perpetrator and arrested.

On Friday, Dec. 27, Manwarren came to the Boone Police Department after learning that investigators had been questioning people he knows about his involvement in the robbery, according to the department.

When investigators confronted Manwarren about his involvement in the robbery, Manwarren confessed to robbing the Cracker Barrel, according to the Boone Police Department.

Manwarren was arrested and charged with armed robbery.
Manwarren's girlfriend, Jennifer Rene Thomas, 22, of White Ash Drive, Asheville, was arrested by Asheville Police Department and turned over to investigators from the Boone Police Department.
Thomas admitted her involvement in the robbery; although, she did not enter the restaurant during the robbery, according to the Boone Police Department.

Thomas was charged on one count of felony robbery.
 "This investigation has been ongoing. We finally got the break that we needed. Our investigators have followed up on several leads in great depth while working toward solving this crime. We are very pleased that we were able to solve this robbery. When something like this happens in Boone it makes everyone feel uneasy," police Lt. Chris Hatton said.

Manwarren and Thomas were both held in the Watauga County Detention Center under $80,000 secured bonds pending Jan. 23 court appearances.

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