Police charged a gun-wielding suspect who tried to rob the Mt. Juliet Cracker Barrel on Monday evening.
According to Mt. Juliet police spokesperson Sgt. Tyler Chandler, the attempted robbery happened around 10:30 p.m. after the restaurant was closed but when employees were still inside. He said several 911 calls came into dispatch to report an armed man who tried to gain entry into the closed restaurant.
“The suspect’s entry into the restaurant was unsuccessful, and he jumped into a nearby vehicle,” said Chandler.
Chandler said employees were at the front of the restaurant ready to lock up for the night when they saw a man holding a gun and cellphone approach the door. He said they quickly locked the door and ran to the back of the restaurant to call police. While police were enroute, employees said the man banged on the door trying to gain entrance.
Officers found the car at a nearby gas station, and its three occupants were detained, Chandler said. The armed suspect, described as a 28-year-old white male from Lebanon, was arrested, and the gun police said he used “at the time of the attempted robbery” was confiscated. Chandler said the suspect "was not cooperative at first," but police were able to arrest and take him to the Wilson County Jail.
His companions, a male and female, both adults, are were questioned, and possible charges are pending for them, Chandler said.
On Tuesday at 1 a.m., investigators remained at the scene.