LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Right before midnight on Tuesday, Jordyn Moll was working alone at Quick-E, when her gut alerted her to danger.
“I heard somebody come in,” she said. “We made eye contact when he was actually in the aisle, and I had seen everything was covered, so the first thing that went into my head was, ‘Oh snap, it’s about to go down.'”
She knew right away it was not a COVID-related mask.
“He had everything covered except for his eyes, so like all his forehead was covered, his eyebrows, so you really couldn’t tell any distinctive characteristics,” she said, explaining that in her mind, she assumed he was completely covered to keep her from seeing and remembering any identifiable physical attributes.
Her instincts were right.
“He pulled the machete out, asked me for all the money. I mean I was scared, but I tried to stay calm so that nobody got hurt.”
The very next night, Wednesday, another machete robbery happened in Lynchburg. This time, it was across town at the BP Food Mart on Old Forest Road.
The owner was working at the time. He says he had not worked nights in a year and a half, but was filling in for an employee. He didn’t want to talk on camera, but showed WFXR footage of the robbery and explained what happened.
The owner said the robber pulled out a machete and demanded money. At first, the owner thought it was a joke, but the kept waving the machete, then the robber turned around and waved it at a customer in the store. The owner gave him the money, and he was in and out in less than a minute.
Each robbery involved the same type of weapon and similar vague description of the suspect, but police can’t say for sure if it’s the same person.
“So that’s something that we’re obviously investigating,” said Carrie Dungan, spokesperson for the Lynchburg Police Department. “At that time, we’re not positive, but there definitely are some similarities, but both of these are under investigation.”
Dungan said she does not recall any robberies that involved a machete in the past year. She said police will increase patrols tonight, but that’s little comfort for Moll.
“I’m still a little shook up about it,” said Moll, “like tonight’s my first night back, so I’m a little nervous.”