Lebanon police have arrested the man they believe to be responsible for the armed robbery of the La Hispana market Monday.
According to police Chief Scott Bowen, Jose Hernandez, 41, of Lebanon, called police to report a burglary at his home Monday night. When officers arrived, however, police identified him as the suspect in the La Hispana market armed robbery that had happened earlier that day.
“Officers knew Hernandez had an outstanding warrant for aggravated robbery,” Bowen said. “He was taken into custody and the warrant was served.”
Bowen said Hernandez was on probation from an incident in May where he was found guilty of reckless endangerment after shooting a pistol on South Greenwood Street near Leeville Pike.
In May, officers said Hernandez fired a shot into the air and pointed a gun at someone’s head before ditching the gun and fleeing when police arrived.
Since May, Hernandez has also been charged with misdemeanor drug possession, Bowen said.
On Monday, Hernandez was charged with aggravated robbery from the incident at La Hispana.
After the incident witnesses told police they saw a Hispanic male pull a sweatshirt over his face and enter La Hispana market, located at 214 S. Maple St. Officers said the employee told them the suspect walked to the counter where she was counting money, pointed a gun at her and told her he didn’t want to kill her.
When the employee ducked down, the suspect walked around and took the money she was counting.
Hernandez remained Tuesday in Wilson County Jail on $50,000 bail. He has a court date July 17.