Reward issued for armed robbers (with video)

Staff Reports • Updated Jul 22, 2014 at 9:29 PM

MT. JULIET – Wilson County Crime Stoppers issued a reward for information leading to the conviction of two armed robbery suspects in an incident that happened in May. 

The $1,000 reward is issued for information on three suspects involved in an armed robbery at Nick’s Market in Mt. Juliet on May 26.

The robbery happened just after 6 p.m. at the store at 13630 Lebanon Road in Mt. Juliet.

Officers were called to Nick’s Market for a hold-up alarm at around 6:10 p.m. They discovered two men had robbed the storeowner. No one was injured during the incident.

During the robbery, one of the suspects brandished a black handgun with a laser and demanded cash from the register, police said. A third suspect drove a getaway vehicle that was waiting nearby, and all three suspects fled with an undisclosed amount of cash, according to police.

Police are currently searching for two black men in their late 20s or early 30s. One of the suspects was muscular build and was wearing a yellow shirt with blue jeans. The second suspect was heavy set and wore a gray T-shirt and blue jeans. The suspects took money and a gold-plated Taurus handgun. 

An unknown person drove the suspects’ vehicle, which was a dark-colored early 2000s-model Buick Rendezvous.  

Anyone with information on the crimes is asked to call the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department at 615-444-1459 or Wilson County Crime Stoppers at 615-444-5245. 

Following the armed robbery, Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers charged the storeowner, Ali Obeid Al Kaziah, 44, of Hendersonville, with three counts of felony reckless endangerment.

Al Kaziah “took off looking for the suspect vehicle,” according to the trooper’s report.

The report said Al Kaziah was driving a 2002 Ford Explorer on Tanglewood Drive when he spotted a black 2003 GMC Envoy driven by Craighton Paulson, 18, of Mt. Juliet. David Brannam, 19, and Christopher Jones, 19, both of Mt. Juliet, were passengers in the Envoy.

Al Kaziah did a U-turn and got behind the Envoy, which was not the suspect vehicle in the robbery, the report said. Al Kaziah, thinking it was the suspect vehicle, then rammed the Envoy in the rear and left side, according to the trooper’s report.

The Envoy was forced off the roadway, and the three white men inside took off running in fear, the report said. No one was injured, and everyone involved was wearing seat belts.

The incident happened at 6:23 p.m. at 204 Tanglewood Drive just after Mt. Juliet officers were called to Nick’s Market regarding the armed robbery.

Al Kaziah was taken to Wilson County Jail, where he was released on $6,000 bond. A court date was set for Aug. 12. 

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