Mt. Juliet Store Owner Arrested After Robbery

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Mt. Juliet Store Owner Arrested After Robbery

CREATED May 29, 2014
by Chris Cannon

MT. JULIET, Tenn. - Mt. Juliet Store owner Ali Al Kaziah was robbed at gunpoint Monday night, but he was the person police took to the Wilson County Jail.

He was working at his tobacco and food market on Lebanon Road around 6:30 p.m. on Memorial Day when two men walked into the store.

"They asked me to open the cash register, which I did," Al Kaziah said. "I was hiding my gun, just like this. It was right there."

The owner gave them the cash in the register and the gun he had under the counter. The two men ran out of the store and got into a black Buick Rendezvous driven by a third suspect.

Al Kaziah also left the store and got into his SUV and started to chase the men who had just robbed him.

"I just wanted to get a tag number, to identify the car clearly, because I didn't get a chance to see it from here," Al Kaziah said.

He admitted he was speeding on Tanglewood Drive, and he could see the suspect's SUV.

"They always close to me. I could’ve caught up with them, but I couldn't because I smashed into other car," the store owner said.

Al Kaziah did not hit the Buick the robbers left in. He hit a GMC Envoy with three teenagers inside. According to the report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Al Kaziah thought that was the suspect's vehicle.

The report goes onto say Al Kaziah purposely rammed his vehicle into the back of the Envoy, and then again into the side of the SUV. He claims that did not happen-- that he hit the teens' vehicle by mistake.

"Even if they are the same people, I would not hit them on purpose, because it makes no sense. I know they have my gun, and I already know they have their gun," explained Al Kaziah.

He was arrested by troopers and taken to the Wilson County Jail where he was held until early Tuesday morning when he made his $6,000 bond. He now faces three counts of felony reckless endangerment.

The three teenagers involved in the wreck with Al Kaziah were not injured.

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