Police have released a 911 transcript detailing a phone call made to dispatchers by a Cumberland Farms store clerk after she was allegedly robbed by the man charged with killing Somerset County Sheriff’s Cpl. Eugene Cole.
In the transcript, posted online by WGME, a female clerk tells the dispatcher that John D. Williams, 29, a store regular, approached the register carrying a water bottle. He asked for Old Gold cigarettes, then grabbed the pack from her hand without paying and left. A gun was visibly poking out of his waistband, she told dispatchers.
The robbery occurred at 1:41 a.m. on April 25, and lasted about a minute, and is believed to have taken place shortly after police say Williams shot Cole. Williams fled into the woods, and a four-day manhunt ensued. Police found Cole’s body hours after the robbery, outside the home where Williams lived while attending high school.
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