NEW: Rent 1st manager's 9-1-1 call reveals disturbing details of armed robbery

By Morgan Thomas - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – More details are emerging in the hold-up of a Lufkin rental store Thursday morning.

Robert Nobles, Rent 1st Manager's 911 call: "This is Robert Nobles. I'm at Rent First store on 728 South Timberland Drive. We have just been robbed."

This is the 9-1-1 call dispatch received right before ten a-am Thursday morning. At first, the store manager sounds calm - but the frightening reality of the robbery is quickly revealed.

911 call: "Did he take it by force?" "Yes, at gun point. I'm standing in my office with no clothes on."

That's right, the gunman took their clothes. The operator then dispatched officers from across Lufkin to the store.

Simab Khan owns neighboring business D.C. Wireless; located just two doors down. He talked to another Rent 1st employee after police arrived. What he heard was shocking.

"He told me that one guy came in and robbed them at gun point... He asked them to take off their clothes and go into the bathroom," said Khan.

He, and other nearby businesses, are still trying to grasp what happened right next door.

"Just the idea that it was that close is nerve racking all by itself," said Ceddric Ayers, Owner Something for Divas.

911 call: "The next thing I know he's got a gun in our face."

Down the street, Bill Pate of Bill's Gun Trader says as manager... he wouldn't go to work with out one.

"There's a good chance you're going to get killed," said Pate.

The experts here at Bill's Gun Trader say a 40 caliber would be perfect for a store manager. It's easy to conceal and easy to shoot.

"If you don't know how to use it - you don't need one. If you get one, learn how to use it," said Pate.

The Rent 1st manager didn't have a gun, but was armed with the quick sense to get a good description of the alleged gunman.

911 call: "Tall, black male, probably about 6'2''. Uhh, bald, muscular build."

Hours later, police found William Colquitt, and the manager's stolen car near Motel Six, just blocks away.

Lufkin P.D. confirmed this evening that a 40-caliber gun was found on the suspect.

Colquitt faces charges of aggravated robbery and a felon in possession of a firearm.

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