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Lebanon teen charged in armed robbery

By Xavier Smith xsmith@lebanondemocrat.com • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:59 PM

Lebanon police charged a suspect apparently responsible for an aggravated robbery earlier this month. 

Officers charged Michael Lawan Bass Jr., 18, of Lebanon, on Monday after a traffic stop on Park Avenue. The officer recognized Bass as a suspect with outstanding warrant for aggravated robbery.

Bass was the victim of a suspected drug-related shooting July 28. He sustained a gunshot wound to his face in the incident and drove himself to the hospital. Police found him armed in that incident. 

The officer noticed Bass fumbling with an unknown object on the passenger side of the car when he was outside vehicle during the stop.

 The officer found a loaded pistol under the car after Bass was placed in handcuffs.

Bass told the officer the gun belonged to him, and he kicked it under the car in hopes the officer would not find it. The officer also found what was believed to be marijuana inside the car.

On Aug. 9, an underage teen received a phone call from a girlfriend, who asked him for a ride to her aunt’s house from Chums on N. Cumberland Street. The girl passenger then told him to stop in front a home on Green Street. 

Three black men approached the vehicle, and two entered the car with handguns pointed at him.

The men searched him and the vehicle, then ordered the driver to lie face down on the ground. The suspects then fled on foot, after taking the victim’s wallet, phone and car keys. Police believe Bass was one of the robbery suspects. 

Bass was charged with tampering with evidence, unlawful possession of a weapon, simple possession of schedule VI drugs and driving on a suspended license in addition to the aggravated robbery warrant.

A second suspect, Jackie Wayne Taylor, 18, of Lebanon, was arrested Tuesday night and charged with aggravated robbery. Both Bass and Taylor remained Wednesday in Wilson County Jail each on $30,000 bond. Each has an Aug. 21 court date. The third suspect, a juvenile, remained at large Wednesday. 

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