NEW INFO: Clerk Arrested after Reporting Armed Robbery at Carter Caves

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 12/19/12 @ 7 p.m.
CARTER COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- An employee at Carter Caves State Park who claimed he was the victim of armed robbery while on the job, has been arrested for that alleged theft.

On Wednesday, Kentucky State Police arrested Shawn Knipp, 19, of Olive Hill and charged him with theft by unlawful taking.

Troopers say Knipp was the on-duty clerk who reported he was the victim of an armed robbery in the early morning hours of Aug. 25.

Following the incident investigators said they were told an unknown subject entered the lodge, assaulted the desk clerk and took money from the register before fleeing the scene. The clerk was reportedly treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Investigators said they were working to figure out how the person got inside since the lodge doors are locked overnight.

An investigation by KSP detectives, however, revealed “numerous inconsistencies between statements made to detectives and evidence located at the scene.”

The case was presented to a recent Carter County grand jury.

UPDATE 8/27/12 @ 5:10 p.m.
CARTER COUNTY, Ky (WSAZ) -- While it is a very rare occurrence, an armed robbery happened during the weekend at Carter Caves State Park. has the latest on a very intense and, for now, internal investigation.

With its unique caves, hiking trails and activities, Carter Caves State Park is a regional, even national getaway destination in eastern Kentucky.

An armed robber got away from there this weekend after injuring a lodge desk clerk. Kentucky State Police and the state park system are both keeping this case close to the vest.

Police say the 911 call to the Lewis Caveland Lodge came in about 3 a.m. Saturday. We're told an unknown subject entered the lodge, assaulted the desk clerk on duty and took money from the register and the clerk. Then, that person fled.

The clerk is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

We're told that like many hotels and motels, the lodge doors are locked overnight. Investigators are working to figure out how the person got it or maybe was already inside.

There are rangers who patrol Carter Caves, but there's no word on their involvement.

We asked about any surveillance pictures. We received conflicting information if there even are cameras.

A spokesperson for the Kentucky State Park system says they are now reviewing their security measures and working closely with state police.

State police investigators would not give us a description of the suspect, saying that information is “case incident material” and vital to withhold for the investigation.

Kentucky State Park folks say they can't remember a similar in-park crime since an incident several years ago at Natural Bridge State Park

OLIVE HILL, Ky. (WSAZ)-- Kentucky State Police are investigating an armed robbery at Carter Caves State Resort Park near Olive Hill.

Troopers say someone went into the lodge, assaulted the clerk and took money from the register. It happened about 3 a.m. Saturday.

If you have any information about the robbery, you are advised to call the Kentucky State Police.

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