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Suspects jailed in series of violent Nashville robberies

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Two men are behind bars accused in a recent series of violent robberies in the Germantown neighborhood of north Nashville and the Hermitage area.

Marvin Whitson, 50, and Walter Hooks, 29, both have previous convictions for aggravated robbery and assault, police said.

The two are suspected of pistol-whipping a man Tuesday about 8 p.m. in the 1100 block of Fifth Avenue North before getting away with his keys and wallet.

Later the same evening, officers were called to a robbery in the 300 block of Fesslers Lane. The vehicle used by the suspects in this robbery, a white Ford Explorer, was similar to the one used Sunday, when a jogger in Germantown was robbed.

Police said Whitson and Hooks were stopped in their SUV on Tuesday near the InTown Suites at 2823 Murfreesboro Pike and were positively identified as the robbery suspects.

Each faces four counts of aggravated robbery, and further charges are pending.

The men are believed to be the suspects responsible in a recent robbery of a new Germantown restaurant.

Staci Bockman, co-owner of 312 Pizza, said she never expected to be a victim when she decided to open a pizza shop in the neighborhood.

"I never in a million years would have thought something like that could happen to us," she said.

A little over a week ago, Bockman, her husband and her father were meeting with their chef on a Sunday afternoon to discuss the new shop when a masked man came inside and pulled out a gun.

"I just ducked down like this behind the bar, and I sprinted out our back door," Bockman said.

As Bockman ran for help, the other three were inside with the robber being held at gunpoint.

"He came right up to me, put the gun down on my head and says, 'Where is the girl? Get her in here,'' said restaurant co-owner Bill Wolff.

Metro police say these robberies are becoming more prominent, and neighbors are taking note.

"Every day we come in now and say, 'What happened last night' or 'What happened yesterday?'" said Germantown attorney Maria Spear.

For now, police are withholding the mugshots of the two suspects as they are used in lineups for other cases.

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