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Details emerge in robbery, shooting

By Xavier Smith xsmith@lebanondemocrat.com • Dec 17, 2015 at 7:01 PM

Lebanon police charged a suspect Monday believed to be involved in an armed robbery and shooting at a convenience store Aug. 1.

Marcus DeCarlos Sweatt, 37, of Lebanon, was charged with aggravated assault and aggravated robbery.

Lebanon police Officer Justin Butler responded to a call at McDonald’s on Old Hickory Boulevard in Hermitage, where he found Sweatt in the custody of a Metro police officer. 

Butler handcuffed Sweatt and took him to Wilson County Jail, where he was served with warrants.

Jail officials swabbed Sweatt for DNA, which was placed into evidence. 

Officers responded to an armed robbery and shooting call on Aug. 1, at Alan’s Convenience Store Market on E. Main Street. Police found a store employee suffered a gunshot wound to the leg.

Police Chief Scott Bowen said the victim told officers a black man entered the store with his face covered and demanded money.

“When the employee did not give the suspect the money fast enough, the suspect shot him,” Bowen said. “The employee gave the suspect the money and he then fled on foot.” 

Bowen said officers processed the scene, collected evidence and spoke to witnesses. Wilson Emergency Management Agency paramedics took the victim to University Medical Center for treatment. 

Bowen said Sweatt left with an undisclosed amount of cash.

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