Police caught a man accused of robbing a convenience store at gunpoint in Mt. Juliet.
According to Mt. Juliet Police Department spokesperson Sgt. Tyler Chandler, Zachary Phillips, 24, of Hendersonville, Tenn., is accused of robbing Daily’s convenience store at 88 N. Mt. Juliet Road by gunpoint around 1:20 a.m. Friday.
Chandler said police were called to the store and were told an armed robbery had just happened.
According to police, a white male pulled up to a gas pump in a blue sedan and went into the store wearing a ski mask and holding a handgun. Chandler said the robber pointed the gun at the clerk and demanded the clerk put money into a black bag he supplied.
The suspect then fled the scene toward Lebanon.
Lebanon police stopped a vehicle matching the description Mt. Juliet officers gave them, and the driver gave consent for them to search the car.
Officers found a black M92 9mm replica BB handgun and money.
According to Chandler, when MJPD officers arrived at the stop one of their detectives obtained a confession from the suspected robber.
Phillips was arrested and booked into the Wilson County Jail on a $40,000 bond and charged with Aggravated Robbery, Aggravated Assault and Theft of Property.
“The quick action of vigilant officers led to the apprehension of the armed robbery suspect,” said MJPD Chief James Hambrick. “I’m thankful of our close, working relationship with the Lebanon Police Department and the quick response by their officers.”
Phillips is scheduled to appear in court on April 24.