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MJ robbery suspect nabbed

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Zachary Phillips -- Courtesy of MJPD

A Hendersonville man has been charged in connection with an armed robbery that occurred early Friday morning at a convenience store in Mt. Juliet.

Zachary Phillips, 24, of Hendersonville, was booked into the Wilson County Jail on a $40,000 bond and was charged with Aggravated Robbery, Aggravated Assault and Theft of Property.

The incident occurred about 1:20 a.m. at the Daily’s convenience store located at 88 N. Mt. Juliet Road.

A news release from the Mt. Juliet Police Department said officers responded to a call regarding an armed robbery. Upon arrival, officers determined that a white male pulled up to a gas pump in a blue sedan and then entered the store wearing a ski mask and holding a handgun. The suspect pointed the gun at the clerk and demanded that cash be put into a black bag. The suspect left the scene in this car, with an undisclosed amount of cash in the bag.    

Responding officers quickly relayed the robber’s vehicle description to nearby agencies in an effort to capture the suspect.

Lebanon Police officers spotted and stopped the suspect’s vehicle on Interstate 40 eastbound in Lebanon. The driver gave consent for officers to search his vehicle, which resulted in the reported discovery of a black M92 9mm replica BB handgun. Mt. Juliet Police investigators responded to the traffic stop, and a detective obtained a confession from the suspect, identified as Phillips.

“The quick action of vigilant officers led to the quick apprehension of the armed robbery suspect,” said Mt. Juliet Police Chief James Hambrick. “I’m thankful of our close, working relationship with Lebanon Police Department and quick response by their officers.”

Phillips is scheduled to appear in court on April 24.

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