The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

October 26, 2012

Fort Payne man charged in crimes at 2nd Fred's store

Associated Press

FORT PAYNE, Ala. (AP) — A former Fred's store employee charged earlier this month with an armed robbery at a Fred's in Georgia is now charged with shooting two people at a Fred's in Alabama.

The Times-Journal ( ) reports that the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department announced Friday that 45-year-old Kelly Jack Mayo of Fort Payne had been indicted on two counts of attempted murder, two counts of discharging a weapon into an occupied building and one count of robbery.

Two Fred's employees in Rainsville were wounded and one of them was paralyzed when a gunman fired shots through the store's front door on Aug. 24 after the store had closed for the night.

Court records in Alabama do not indicate if Mayo has an attorney. He remains in the Polk County Jail in Cedartown.

Mayo was arrested in Cedartown, Ga., on Oct. 4 when police say they broke up an armed robbery and kidnapping at a Fred's store. Assistant Police Chief James Newsome told The Associated Press on Friday that police got an emergency call about a robbery in progress at the store. They surrounded the store, but the gunman took a woman hostage and forced her into a car. As he was fleeing, a police officer rammed the car, disabling it. Officers were able to arrest Mayo without any shots being fired and without any physical injury to the hostage.

Newsome said testing on the gun seized in the Georgia case tied Mayo to the case 50 miles away in northeast Alabama.

The assistant chief said Mayo is a former Fred's manager, but his actions did not appear aimed at any particular employee. "It looks like the intended victim in both of these crimes was Fred's," he said.

Officials at Fred's headquarters in Memphis, Tenn., did not immediately return phone calls seeking comment.