Teen pistol-whipped during robbery

A teen was injured during an armed robbery Monday night after being struck with a pistol.
Jul 31, 2014

A teen was injured during an armed robbery Monday night after being struck with a pistol.

Lebanon police said they responded to the call at 505 Fairview Avenue around 11 p.m. and upon arrival made contact with two Hispanic males, one identified as a 17-year-old juvenile and the other identified as Raul Barrera.

According to officers, the juvenile did not speak any English and he had a laceration on his face above the right eye. They said Barrera spoke little English, but was able to explain the situation.

Barrera told officers that while traveling south in a car on Fairview Avenue, two black females flagged them down to speak to them. He told officers he did not drive past the females because he was driving at a low speed due to a previous incident where he almost struck a child in that area playing in the street. He said the two females then began to speak with them from the car window.

Barrera told officers that during some point in the conversation, two black males jumped out of the wooded area and pointed two black pistols at them in the car. He said the males told them to hand over their wallets and any money. 

In doing so, Barrera said one of the black males struck the juvenile in the head with a pistol. He said both subjects then fled on foot in the area of Fairview Avenue and Green Street. 

Barrera told officers one of the men was wearing blue gym shorts and a white T-shirt, but he was unable to give any further description. He said the teen was assaulted because he did not understand enough English to cooperate when the men told him to put his hands up.

Following the incident, Barrera and the teen spoke with a bystander outside of his home, who then called the police.

Officers said Child Protective Services was contacted for the teen, and he was also transported to University Medical Center for medical attention. They said DCS later arrived on scene, where the teen was released to his sister.

Officers said they were later advised that the teen would be transported to Vanderbilt hospital because he had possible further injuries than the laceration on his eye, such as a broken neck and minor injuries to his right arm. The teen was then taken to Vanderbilt by ambulance.

According to the property report, $400, two black wallets, Barrera’s debit card and a black Galaxy S4 cellphone were all stolen from the victims during the incident.

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