CRIME REPORT: Armed robbery ends in arrest, suspected shoplifter injures officer during escape


CRIME REPORT: Armed robbery ends in arrest, suspected shoplifter injures officer during escape

By MATT BLOIS

During a busy week for the Brentwood Police Department, officers arrested a man suspected of armed robbery and a suspected shoplifter injured an officer during his escape.

On the morning of September 30, Brentwood Police reported that a man jumped over the counter of the Walgreens on Franklin Road, threatened the cashier with a knife and told her to open the cash drawer.

According to a press release from the Brentwood Police Department, the cashier pulled away and the suspect fled on foot. He didn’t take any cash.

Later that day, police responded to a crash on Concord Road. One of the drivers had fled the crash scene on foot.

Police arrested the man and realized he matched the physical description of the robbery suspect.

The vehicle the suspect was driving was reportedly stolen. Police recovered the vehicle.

Afterwards, police reported finding a information that linked the man from the crash to the robbery at Walgreens. Justin Conyers was arrested and charged with aggravated robbery, aggravated assault, theft of over $10,000 and several traffic offenses.

The next day, Brentwood Police received a report of shoplifting at a department store on Franklin Road. When police arrived at the store the suspect fled to a waiting vehicle.

A Brentwood Police officer tried to reach into the car to stop the suspect from getting away. According to police, the suspect drove away, throwing the officer to the ground in the process.

Officer Scott Willey struck his head on the pavement and was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. A press release listed his condition as non-critical on Tuesday.

Police later accused Keydarius Simmons of stealing from the department store and injuring the officer. He hasn’t been arrested.

On Monday afternoon, the Police Department also reported that someone broke into a home on Highwood Hill Road and took some prescription medication. The suspected burglar broke through the back door.

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