Man who helped police find gas station homicide suspects speaks - WSMV News 4

Man who helped police find gas station homicide suspects speaks out

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Daniel Clark being taken into custody. (WSMV) Daniel Clark being taken into custody. (WSMV)

Ron Anderson is a Nashville road paver and business owner. He is also the man Metro police are thanking for helping them track down Daniel Clark and Trinity Quinn, the two people suspected of homicide in the shooting death of a gas station clerk.

"I'm just glad I seen something," Alexander said. "I'm glad it turned out to be them when I seen what I seen.”

Anderson is the owner of Anderson Paving. He said he was driving in his truck, going to pick up asphalt early Wednesday morning, when he saw a 15-year-old girl climbing down into a ditch off the side of Old Hickory Boulevard. He said she was wearing a camouflage hoodie in warm weather and didn't understand why she'd be going into a ditch, through the bushes.

Anderson didn't see Clark, but he had just seen both their faces on television that morning. He knew police were looking for a possible homicide suspect and a runaway teen.

"That was my second trip through there that day and when I seen her going into that ditch that wasn't thick, she couldn't hardly get in it, it triggered something," Anderson said. "I thought, she is up to something."

Monday, police in Dayton, TN, shared new details about their investigation into the case.

Dayton Police Chief Chris Sneed said Quinn's grandmother dropped her off at Rhea Central Elementary School Monday morning so that she could catch the bus to her high school. Instead of catching the bus, Sneed says the 9th grader was picked up by Clark and the two drove off to Cleveland, TN, and later to Nashville.

Police believe they Quinn and Clark participated in robbing gas station clerk John Stevens of his keys. Police say Clark shot the clerk several times before taking the keys and leaving him for dead.

The next morning, Anderson drove by and reported to police he saw a girl acting strange. He encourages others to trust their instincts and report information to police even if they aren't sure it will help.

"I'm glad I seen it, and I'm glad I turned them in because I don't know what they would have done that night to get another car to get out of there,” Anderson said.

The lead investigator with Dayton police was in Nashville last week. Dayton police are not filing charges against Clark at this time. Sneed said the charges in Nashville are far more serious.

Clark, 28, could be responsible for contributing to the delinquency of a minor, if the department were to pursue charges. For now, Sneed said they are letting the Nashville case take precedence.

Monday, Metro police spokesperson Don Aaron said officers recovered the semi-automatic pistol that was used in the killing. Aaron said the loaded gun that was found inside the backpack at the scene of the arrest was not the gun used in the crime.

Aaron said on Saturday, a class of officer trainees went back to the arrest scene and found the pistol tossed in the woods where Clark and Quinn were found off of Old Hickory Boulevard.

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