White House Domino’s Robbed: 4 Employees Held At Gunpoint
UPDATE: Suspect Identified
The primary suspect in this robbery has been identified as Paul Hardesty, 43, of Robertson County. Hardesty died Tuesday December 13, 2016 from a self inflected gunshot wound after shooting Metro Police Officer Terrance McBride in the shoulder. McBride is expected to recover. FULL STORY
WHITE HOUSE TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – Friday night an armed man walked into Domino’s Pizza in White House and demanded money. The store is located on Hwy 31 W. at the corner of West Dr.
The robber held four employees at gunpoint for 15 minutes while he waited for a timed safe to open. White House Police tell Smokey Barn News that the robber arrived around 1:15a.m. Friday evening while two employees were closing up the store. Two other employees walked in as the robbery was in progress. The four employees were held at gunpoint while the thief waited for the timed safe to open. The safe is equipped with a timer to prevent instant access to its contents, a tactic meant to discourage this type of robbery.
Police say the thief hesitated behind the store for about a minute as if to build his courage up before walking around the side where two employees were sitting outside talking. He pointed a gun at them and led them into the building.
Once inside he ordered one of the employees to go to the cash register. The thief empties out an undisclosed amount of money from the register into his pockets in a rather clumsy way dropping the loot several times.
After cleaning out the register the thief moved the employees into a small office where the safe is located and said he wanted to get in the safe. The timer meant the suspect would have to wait.
While the two employees and the suspect waited for the safe to open, the third employee (returning from a pizza delivery) returns. No one is up front so he goes to the back to see what’s going on and stumbles on the robbery, police said.
Now there are three employees involved. Minutes later a fourth employee that had just stopped in to visit walked in on the robbery. At one point the suspect asks the employees if there was a land line, he then grabs a computer and rips wires from the wall.
Where most armed robberies are over in a matter of seconds, police say this one was going to take 15 minutes, an eternity for an armed robbery and for the employees who had to endure it.
Police say at one point the suspect told the employees; “If you call the cops, I’ve seen your addresses.”
The suspect finally exits the store, walks around back towards the green way off of West drive.
Police say that after the suspect left, the employees waited for a while and then one of them went outside and found the cell phones exactly where the robber said they would be.
The suspect is described as a white male 6′ to 6’2, blue eyes, medium build, right handed, wearing a dark blue titans hoodie, dark jeans and dark colored Nike sneakers – possibly black. He was wearing black gloves and a dark colored mask across his nose and mouth.
When captured the suspect will face charges of Aggravated Robbery and Felony Theft. Police say charges could be added.
No one was injured during the robbery.
Anyone with any information regarding this crime is encouraged to contact White House police at (615) 672-4903.
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