Lebanon police responded to a call of an armed robbery in the parking lot of Walmart just before midnight Tuesday.
According to Lebanon police Chief Scott Bowen, victims were able to quickly give officers a description of the car and suspects, which was immediately given over the radio to other officers.
“The three female victims told officers they were at their vehicle with three children when a black male, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt exited his vehicle, pointed a knife at the victims and demanded their bag,” Bowen said. “One female victim handed him her purse and the suspects fled toward the interstate in a silver Ford sedan.”
Bowen said another officer was on call at Waffle House just south of the interstate when he saw a car matching the description speeding toward the interstate.
“Officer Nolan Gray was able to catch up to the suspects and he initiated a traffic stop,” Bowen said.
The driver was found to be Jacoby Scharkley, 22, of Gallatin, and the passenger was identified as David Woodmore, 33, of Nashville.
Bowen said officers found a knife in the passenger seat of the car, as well as a purse – later identified as belonging to one of the victims – covered by a black hooded sweatshirt in the back seat.
Both Scharkley and Woodmore were arrested and charged with aggravated robbery. Scharkley was also charged with driving on a suspended license. Both men have a court date set for July 17.