On Tuesday, Jan. 3, at approximately 6:52 p.m., the Jackson County 911 Communications Center received notification of a panic alarm at the Cashiers BP station at the intersection of US 64 and NC 107 and subsequently dispatched the deputy working Cashiers to that location.
An employee of Blue Ridge Public Safety overheard the communication with the deputy over the scanner. This employee responded on his own as he was very close to the BP.
The deputy working Cashiers was notified by the 911 Center of the Blue Ridge employee and requested that he remain outside the store. However, the Blue Ridge employee had already entered the store and detained William Tyler Zorn, 20, of Cashiers.
The deputy arrived on scene moments later and arrested Zorn. He was described by the deputies on scene as possibly being impaired. He made threats to the employee demanding the money but did not show any weapons. During his arrest no weapons were taken off of the suspect.
Bond of $45,000 was set at the time of arrest.