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Suspect caught after 7 robbery attempts in 3 days

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A White House, TN, man suspected in a string of robberies ran into an old high school classmate while trying to rob a Hampton Inn.

Jamal Bekhtyar, 25, is suspected in Friday morning's attempted robbery of a Bank of America on Church Street and the subsequent robbery 10 minutes later at a Bank of America's on Blakemore Avenue.

Late Sunday afternoon, Bekhtyar was arrested by Brentwood police a short time after police said he attempted to rob a Hampton Inn on Franklin Pike Circle.

Ironically, the clerk at the Hampton Inn recognized Bekhtyar because she went to high school with him. According to a police affidavit, the clerk told him she knew who he was, but Bekhtyar denied it and requested money.

Another employee with the hotel then followed Bekhtyar and took down his license plate number, which helped Brentwood police pull over his vehicle and take him into custody.

During an interview with Metro police, FBI, Goodlettsville, and White House detectives, Bekhtyar admitted his involvement in both Bank of America cases and in the following hotel robberies or attempted robberies:

  • Hampton Inn (attempted), 5630 Franklin Pike Circle, July 15, 4 p.m.
  • Comfort Suites, 621 Rivergate Parkway, Goodlettsville, July 15, 1:10 p.m.
  • Holiday Inn Express (attempted), 452 Moss Trail, Goodlettsville, July 15, 1:05 p.m.
  • Comfort Inn (attempted), 340 Hester Circle, White House, July 15, 12:30 p.m.
  • Hampton Inn, 7815 Coley Davis Road, July 14, 2:30 p.m.

Bekhtyar is charged with Sunday's attempted robbery of the Hampton Inn and also Saturday afternoon's robbery of the Hampton Inn on Coley Davis Road. 

Police said additional charges are pending. Bekhtyar will be charged federally in the bank robbery cases.

In each hold-up, Bekhtyar presented a robbery demand note and implied he had a weapon before fleeing in a black Volkswagen Jetta.

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