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UPDATE: Police catch armed robbery suspect

Jared Felkins jfelkins@lebanondemocrat.com • Dec 17, 2015 at 5:41 PM

Authorities from multiple agencies converged Friday afternoon to arrest an armed robbery suspect who held up the Sudden Service Shell Station in Lebanon.

According to Lebanon police Chief Scott Bowen, the suspect, later identified as Shaun Antwain Sullivan, 21, of Jackson, entered the convenience store on S. Cumberland Street in front of Walmart, pointed a chrome handgun at workers and demanded money.

Bowen said Sullivan took an undisclosed amount of money and fled in a black 2003 Nissan Altima, which was previously reported stolen. He said the vehicle’s tag was also reported stolen.

Bowen said witnesses told police Sullivan headed south on Cumberland Street toward Interstate 40, and a call went out with the suspect and vehicle’s description, along with a partial tag number. Wilson County Sheriff’s deputies and Mt. Juliet police were also alerted to be on the lookout for Sullivan.

Sheriff Robert Bryan said Deputy Justin Smith spotted Sullivan’s vehicle on I-40 west of Mt. Juliet and followed him into Davidson County until backup could arrive.

Bryan said just as Smith was about to pull the vehicle over, Sullivan accelerated and exited the interstate at Donelson Pike.

Bowen said Sullivan then headed northbound on Donelson Pike when he hit another vehicle. Sullivan continued in the vehicle about a quarter mile and then got out at a Taco Bell restaurant.

According to Bowen, Sullivan attempted to carjack a vehicle, but was unsuccessful and fled on foot. A Nashville Metro police officer found Sullivan underneath a vehicle, and the weapon used in the robbery was found on him, Bowen said.

Bowen said someone was injured in the crash on Donelson Pike and taken to a nearby hospital, but he believed the injuries to not be serious.

Sullivan was arrested and taken to Wilson County Jail to be formally charged and booked.

Bowen said Sullivan had warrants from Henderson County for the theft of the Nissan Altima and Gibson County for aggravated robbery, aggravated assault and theft under $500. He said the license plate was stolen in Paris on Dec. 19.

“We were just lucky there weren’t any major injuries or no one else was hurt,” Bryan said. “Lebanon police did a good job getting the information out to us. We all work well together.”

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