Monday, April 16, 2012

Robbery Victim Recalls Ordeal

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Metro Police are looking for three armed men who, according to witness and victim accounts, went on a trio of robberies late Saturday night in the Antioch/Nashboro Village area.
One of the victims was Erik Villegas, 24, who was simply sitting in his car in his parents' driveway when three men in a vehicle pulled in behind him shortly after 11:00 p.m.
"Then I saw the gun pointed right in my face," Villegas recalled. "It took me a few seconds to realize what was going on. (I thought to myself) 'OK, this is actually a real robbery!'"
Villegas told NewsChannel 5 one of the three men rummaged through his pockets, while another threatened to shoot and kill him.
Villegas said he was sucker punched by one of the suspects before they vanished with merely his wallet that was devoid of cash.
Before that, another incident happened on Nashboro Boulevard, near the golf course, police reported. The suspects took off with two cell phones, an i-Pod and one wallet.
The final victim says he was walking to the gas station on Bell Road and Mossdale Drive when the suspects pulled up to him asking for directions. When the victim got close to the car the driver told him to empty his pockets. They stole his cell phone, wallet and some cash.
Council woman Karen Johnson, who oversees District 29, was outraged by the sudden rash of crime; she scrambled for information to quickly disperse to her constituents.
"(Police) feel like this is an isolated occurrence with these three incidents," Johnson said. "And so, we're confident that our police department will do their job and will apprehend the suspects."
The victims in all three incidents say the suspects were driving a white Chevrolet Impala.
Anyone with information is asked to call Metro Police or Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.

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