A convicted robber, rapist and burglar is now in jail in connection with the Sunday attack of a convenience store clerk on Murfreesboro Pike.
Skipper Kephart, 47, who received a four-year robbery sentence last year, is charged with especially aggravated robbery and auto theft.
At 5:30 p.m., police said Kephart entered a Mapco store at 533 Murfreesboro Pike armed with a pry bar, raised the weapon over his head and demanded money from the 62-year-old clerk.
A struggle ensued and the clerk was struck on the head with the pry bar, lost consciousness and fell to the floor.
Police said Kephart tried unsuccessfully to open the cash register, then dragged the clerk to the register and demanded that it be opened.
Kephart later stole the entire cash register and fled to a nearby McDonald's restaurant across the street, got into a red Ford Ranger pickup truck being driven by another man.
At midnight, police stopped a red Ford Ranger pickup truck in the 3000 block of Nolensville Pike for traveling without its headlights on. A check showed the vehicle had been reported stolen.
The three persons inside the truck were ordered out. Officers at the scene alertly noticed that Kephart matched the description of the store robbery that occurred several hours earlier. Also, police said in plain view inside the truck was a pry bar.
Tony M. Bass, 43, admitted to driving Kephart away from the McDonald's. He is also charged with especially aggravated robbery and auto theft. The third person in the truck, Angelique Carr, 19, is charged with auto theft.
Kephart was convicted of robbery in Nashville in February 2011, rape in Wilson County in 1983, auto burglary in Nashville in 1983 and felony theft in Rutherford County in 2009.
Kephart is being held on $150,000 bond. Bass, who has convictions for aggravated burglary and multiple forgery counts out of Rutherford County, is being held on $65,000 bond. Carr is being held on $10,000 bond.
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