This thief was dumb enough to use a BB gun in a robbery.
A West Jackson Street convenience store owner turned the tables on a robber last night when he held the suspect at gunpoint until police arrived on the scene.
Joshua Baxter, 20, of North Drive, Cookeville, was arrested by Cookeville police after trying to rob Discount Tobacco, Beverage & More around 10 p.m. yesterday with what appeared to the victims as a loaded hand gun, but was later found to be a pellet gun.
Baxter was charged with four counts of aggravated robbery and was being held at the Putnam County jail on a total bond set at $100,000 as of press time.
According to Officer Bryan Walker’s report, police arrived at the store shortly after receiving a 911 call about a robbery in progress. The owner stated the suspect went into the premises wearing a dark hoodie, mask and toboggan, “while brandishing a firearm and demanding money and all their cell phones” from the handful of employees inside the store.
The owner then reportedly grabbed an automatic rifle near a counter and pointed it at Baxter, telling him to drop his gun.
“[The owner] had the suspect raise his hands, then hand his firearm over to [him],” Officer Walker states, noting in the report and arrest warrants that the victims feared for their lives.
The store owner then told Baxter to move to an open spot near the counter space, where he was asked to remove his jacket, mask and toboggan and to get onto his knees. An employee then called 911.
According to the report, the suspect was able to get into the store after-hours when one of the employees went to pick up her brother, also an employee.
While knocking on the door, she saw someone walking toward her from Buffalo Valley Road with a mask on and a hand in his pocket.
At first she thought it was her brother playing a practical joke, the report states, but then she noticed her brother walking inside the store.
“When she then realized that the masked person walking toward her was not her brother, she panicked and began knocking harder on the door and signaling to her brother with facial expressions that someone was coming toward her,” the report says.
As her brother unlocked the door, the woman “burst through the door” and attempted to pull the door shut.
She told her brother to lock the door quickly, but as he did, Baxter grabbed the door and forced it open.
According to the report, Baxter told officers he rode a pink bike (which was discovered to be purple) to the location. Officers found it behind the store.
Baxter has an initial court date scheduled March 9.
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