Charges mount for armed robbery suspect

A Jackson man faces a laundry list of charges after authorities from multiple agencies worked together to catch him following an armed robbery Friday at a Lebanon convenience store.
Dec 28, 2013
Shaun Sullivan

A Jackson man faces a laundry list of charges after authorities from multiple agencies worked together to catch him following an armed robbery Friday at a Lebanon convenience store.

According to Wilson County Sheriff’s Office arrest records updated Saturday, Shaun Antwain Sullivan, 21, of Jackson, was charged with aggravated robbery, reckless endangerment, theft of property between $1,000-$10,000 in value, misdemeanor evading arrest, felony evading arrest, driving on a revoked license and using stolen plates.

Sullivan remained in Wilson County Jail on $332,000 bond. A March 10 court date was set for the aggravated robbery charge and a March 12 court date for the remaining charges.

Arrest warrants are expected in Nashville additionally charging Sullivan with attempted carjacking and vehicular assault.

According to Lebanon police Chief Scott Bowen, Sullivan entered the Sudden Service Shell 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 slammed into a Toyota Prius at the Royal Parkway intersection. Sullivan continued in the vehicle about a quarter mile and then got out in front of a Taco Bell restaurant.

Metro Nashville police said Sullivan ran up to a car being driven by a 53-year-old man that was turning into an adjacent Taco Bell restaurant.  He tried to get into that vehicle, but its doors were locked. 

According to Metro police reports, Hermitage Precinct Officer Mike Eva was in the area and saw Sullivan run through the parking lot of a nearby Ruby Tuesday’s and then to Walgreen’s. 

Eva found Sullivan underneath a parked SUV at the Donelson Pike Walgreen’s. When Eva got Sullivan from under the SUV, he was still carrying a .25 caliber semi-automatic pistol, Metro police said. 

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

Metro police said two of the three people in the Prius, a 9-year-old girl and her 66-year-old grandmother, received non-critical injuries and were taken to Summit Medical Center for treatment.
Sullivan was arrested and taken to Wilson County Jail to be formally charged and booked.

“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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