PLANO (CBSDFW.COM) – A manhunt is underway and Plano police are asking for the public’s help in finding the man who shot at a pair of employees during an aggravated robbery.
The suspect, Everett Travane Haile, was dressed as a woman when he walked into the Family Dollar store in the 1800 block of K Avenue last month. He asked an employee for shaving cream.
“He came up to the counter set down the shaving cream and purse and the gun on top of the purse,” says cashier Michael Steeple.
The woman at the register who was helping him is an assistant manager at Family Dollar.
“She was trying to get him the money and open the register at that time he became inpatient and tried to fire a round and that’s when she panicked,” explains Steeple.
The 19-year-old says that’s when his mananger starting fighting for her life and when he heard her cries for help.
“I hit him and tried to grab him off her. He pushed her away – pushed me away when I came back at him that’s when I saw his hand come down on me,” said Steeple. “I was pistol-whipped three times in the head.”
He says the suspect got away but ended up coming back for his purse. The employees had to run him off again.
Haile, of Houston, is a black man who stands about 5’8” tall and weighs 188 pounds. The 30-year-old suspect has a bald or shaved head and brown eyes.
Steeple says he had to get 14 staples in his head.
His assistant manager had to get some stitches too.
“I would have done the same thing I’m proud of myself I stood up for someone else,” says Steeple. “Bit of luck and just protection of each other kept us alive.”
Anyone with information about the robbery or Haile’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Plano Police Department at 972.941.2148 or call Crime Stoppers at 877.373.8477.
Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to Haile’s arrest and indictment.
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