Washington County Sheriff Ed Graybeal said the incident took place Thursday at Intimate Treasurers on Kingsport Highway in Gray. The customer confronted the armed man and took a handgun from him. Witnesses told deputies they thought the man was going to rob them.
Deputies searched the area with a police dog but were unsuccessful. Along with the 9 mm handgun, deputies found a bag the man had left in the shop. It contained crack cocaine and Xanax pills.
Investigators determined that the armed man was James Kerby Fry, 46, formerly of 373 Old Embreeville Road, Jonesborough, a convicted felon who was not allowed to possess firearms.
Fry had left a vehicle in the Intimate Treasures parking lot. Inside it deputies found several pieces of gold, more crack, clonazepam and other prescription pills.
Deputies searched for Fry until a tip came in Sunday afternoon leading to an address in Carter County, where deputies found and arrested Fry.
He was charged with aggravated robbery, possession of schedule Ii drugs for resale, possession of schedule III drugs, possession of schedule IV drugs, possession of a firearm during a dangerous felony and unlawful possession of a firearm.
Fry also was served with an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in court.
He was jailed in the Washington County Detention Center on $132,000 bond and arraigned Monday in Sessions Court.