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Roane couple charged in robbery spree

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Federal indictments for Randolph, Bunch

By Damon Lawrence

Accused robbers Mark Andrew Randolph and Rufena Jean Bunch face charges in federal court.
The 35-year-old Randolph was indicted last week by a federal grand jury on five counts of robbery, five counts of using a firearm during a crime and one count of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.  

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He allegedly robbed five businesses between Sept. 19-27.
The businesses included a Shell Favorite Market on Hwy. 68 in Sweetwater, a Subway on East Hwy. 11 in Lenoir City, a Subway on East Emory Road in Knoxville, a Sonic on Kingston Pike in Knoxville and the Rocky Top Market on Bluff Road in Kingston.
The federal grand jury indicted Bunch, 26, on one count of robbery and one count of using a firearm during a crime for the robbery of the Subway in Knoxville.
Randolph is also charged in Roane County General Sessions Court for the Rocky Top Market robbery.
According to the warrant, police spoke with two women – Susan Birckett and Skye Bluowen – at the scene.
Birckett said a white male walked into the store around 11:50 p.m. on Sept. 27 wearing camouflage clothes and a camouflage ski mask.
“Ms. Birckett stated that the male pointed the gun at her chest and said, ‘Ma’am, I hate to do this,’” the warrant said.
Randolph was allegedly armed with a laser sight handgun.
“Both Ms. Birckett and Ms. Bluowen stated that they saw the red dot from the laser sight while the male was in the store,” the warrant said.
Randolph allegedly took $95 from the cash register and a petty cash bag from a safe that contained $253.
“Ms. Birckett stated that the male casually walked out of the store and got into a silver four-door car,” the warrant said.
Randolph and Bunch were arrested on Sept. 30. The pair was reportedly traveling in a silver Pontiac Grand Am when they were stopped on Race Street in Kingston by Roane County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Richie Stooksbury and Kingston Assistant Police Chief Gary Nelson. The warrant said they were “wanted for questioning in multiple armed robberies in multiple jurisdictions.”
Detectives from the sheriff’s office and Crossville Police Department responded.
“Several items believed to have been used in the robberies were located in the vehicle,” the warrant said. “The items found included a silver Smith & Wesson revolver with laser sight on the grip. Also found were several items of clothing that fit the description of what the victims said the person had on when they were robbed.”
Police also reported finding suspected marijuana and eight muscle-relaxant pills.
“When asked about robbing the Rocky Top on Bluff Road, he (Randolph) stated that he could not remember, that he does a lot of pills,” the warrant said.
Randolph is also charged in sessions court with possession of schedule 4 drugs and simple possession. Bunch faces those same charges in sessions court.
She hasn’t been charged in the Rocky Top Market robbery.
Officials listed both as Roane County residents.