NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A traffic violation led police to three people who allegedly were involved in a carjacking and a store robbery.
Police stopped a 2004 Ford Taurus for an equipment violation on Monday night, and learned that it had been taken in a carjacking.
Inside the car, they also discovered items that had been stolen during a robbery at Lee’s Market on 17th Avenue North only about a half hour earlier.
The store and clerk and manager at the store told police that two gunmen came into the store around 9:45 p.m. Monday. The men allegedly were wearing white shirts with white cloth covering their faces.
After the employees were ordered to the back of the store at gunpoint, one of the gunmen then demanded the manager give him the store security video. When the manager told him it was on the computer, the man allegedly shot the computer.
The other robber stole cigarettes, lottery tickets, and the cash register till with cash inside. Before leaving, police said the gunmen also took both employees’ personal belongings, including keys, wallets, cell phones, and the store phone.
The suspects fled on foot. No one was hurt.
All of the items taken during the robbery were found inside the stolen car, which had four people inside, according to an affidavit.
Three people were charged in connection with the robbery of the market – 19-year-old Savion Carrethers and 18-year-old La’Terrace Kerley were identified as the two gunmen in the robbery;18-year-old Teriante Merrell was identified as the getaway driver.
All three were charged with aggravated robbery and theft. Kerley was also charged with weapon possession as police said he had the guns in his possession during the traffic stop.