NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - Three teens have been arrested for an armed robbery of a Fort Campbell soldier walking in downtown Nashville early Wednesday morning.
Police said Kamdyn Cates, 18, of Columbia, TN, Diego Solis, 18, of Alabama and Equandrice Deans, 15, of Nashville have been arrested.
The suspects led police on a pursuit that ended in a crash on I-40 near the Davidson/Wilson County lines.
The victim, a 19-year-old soldier assigned to Fort Campbell, reported a dark colored car stopped near him at 3:45 a.m. as he was walking downtown at First Avenue North and Union Street. He said four people, three armed with pistols, one armed with a shotgun, confronted him. The victim, who was armed, went for his pistol, but was immediately warned that he would be killed if he did not put his hands up.
The four people robbed him of his pistol, wallet and phone. Before fleeing, they removed the money from the wallet and threw the wallet and phone back at the victim.
Officers responded quickly and spotted the getaway car a short time later. They refused to stop for police and led officers on a 25-minute pursuit on the interstate system around Nashville, including I-65, I-40 and I-440.
They ultimately exited at Old Hickory Boulevard in the Hermitage area and then got back onto I-40 traveling west in the eastbound lanes. Police discontinued the pursuit because of the dangerous action.
The suspects crashed their car on I-40 and fled on foot near the Davidson/Wilson County line.
Metro Police, a police helicopter and canine teams searched a wooded area and surrounding neighborhood for the robbers. The Wilson County Sheriff’s Office and Mount Juliet Police assisted with the search.
Cates, Solis and Dean were apprehended during the search. Detectives are working to confirm the identities of at least one, possibly two other people who fled from the car but were not located.
BREAKING: 3 teens have now been charged with aggravated robbery for the early morning armed hold-up of a Ft. Campbell soldier as he walked on 1st Ave N @ Union St. In custody are Kamdyn Cates, 18, of Columbia, TN, Diego Solis, 18, of Alabama, & Equandrice Deans, 15, of Nashville. pic.twitter.com/yceTxnT0at— Metro Nashville PD (@MNPDNashville) October 9, 2019
Mount Juliet Police said late Wednesday afternoon it had completed its search of the area for the other possible suspects.
The suspects' car crashed into a truck and then they fled on foot; all of them ran into the woods. Police found a shotgun inside the car and the driver of the truck was not injured.
Law enforcement were conducting their search in the area of I-40, Central Pike, South New Hope Road and Chandler Road.
Police said they don't think the suspects are in the Mount Juliet city limits. However, they are providing heavier patrols in the Cobblestone Landing, Chandler Pointe and Normandy Heights neighborhoods.
Later into the morning, they shifted their focus to the Cobblestone Landing and Chandler Pointe neighborhoods, believing the remaining suspects may be hunkered down in the woods in the area.