Officer Rolls-up on Burglary in Progress at Market, Chases Suspects, & Apprehends One After Assault

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – One man is in-custody after he and another burglary suspect were spooked by an officer, who noticed the alarm going off at a market while on-patrol. Around 3:15 a.m. on Friday, February 12, 2016, an officer on patrol noticed that the burglary alarm was sounding at the Citgo Fasttrack Market, located at 1200 S. Mt. Juliet Road. As the officer rolled-up on the market, he could see two men inside, stealing items from the store.

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Once the suspects spotted the officer, they ran, and the officer gave chase. One man jumped into a white GMC pick-up truck and sped-off westbound on Central Pike. The other man continued to run from the officer, who chased him into the woods. Once the officer caught up, the man fought and punched at the officer. Richard Black, 52, of Nashville, was eventually subdued and placed into custody. The officer did not receive any serious injuries.

The other unknown man, who sped away in the pick-up truck, was described as a middle-aged white male with a teardrop tattoo under his left eye.

Black was arrested and booked into the Wilson County Jail, charged with Burglary, Theft of Property, Possession of Burglary Tools, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Vandalism, Resisting Arrest, Evading Arrest, and Assault.

Richard Black, 52, of Nashville

Richard Black, 52, of Nashville

“Mt. Juliet’s police officers are committed to protecting and securing our community from criminals,” stated Police Chief James Hambrick. “The vigilance displayed by this officer allowed him to disrupt a crime in-progress, apprehending one of the suspects.”

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Anyone with any information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Mt. Juliet Police Department at (615) 754-2550. Information can also be given anonymously by calling (615) 754-TIPS (8477) or via the Mt. Juliet Police Department website at http://www.mjpd.org/ .

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