Police say the man and teenage girl at the center of a Amber Alert are both suspects in the murder of a gas station clerk in west Nashville.
Officers found 28-year-old Daniel Clark and 15-year-old Trinity Quinn near the intersection of Old Hickory Boulevard and Charlotte Pike around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Metro Nashville Police Department spokesman Don Aaron said a truck driver noticed Quinn standing on the side of the road and called police.
Officers swarmed the wooded area with guns drawn, yelling at Clark and Quinn to surrender. They were found in a ditch not too far off the road.
Police said Clark and Quinn, both of Dayton, TN, were taken into custody without incident. The pair was taken to the West Precinct for questioning.
Metro police said both Clark and Quinn have given statements and will be charged with criminal homicide, especially aggravated robbery and attempted auto theft.
Investigators searched a backpack belonging to the suspects and said they found a gun inside.
Police are calling Quinn a suspect because they believe she had ample time to get away during the shooting but chose to flee with Clark instead.
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According to the Metro Nashville Police Department, Clark shot 58-year-old John Daniel Stevens during a robbery around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. Clark reportedly shopped around the store for a short period of time before getting out the gun.
Aaron called the murder "brutal," saying that Clark shot Stevens multiple times before going through his pockets and running out of the store.
After interviewing Clark and Quinn, Metro police said they believe they entered the Exxon to force Stevens to give up his car keys so they could leave the area.
After the shooting, police said the two went to an SUV parked outside the store and attempted to open it but had the wrong keys. Clark then allegedly fired shots into the vehicle’s window and attempted to steal the vehicle, but the key did not work. Clark and Quinn then fled the area on foot.
Police said they believe Clark and Quinn knew each other for a number of years and had been planning to run away together for the past several weeks.
Investigators said the two arrived in Nashville late Monday night or early Tuesday morning and parked at the west Nashville Walmart when their van ran out of gas. The two are believed to have stayed in the van and walked around the area before going to the Exxon Tuesday night.
Stevens' family has set up a GoFundMe account to raise money for funeral expenses. Click here to read more.
"We are grateful to the police and to the alert citizen who called them. We're grateful he's been caught," said Stevens' sister-in-law, Elise Stevens, about the arrest of the suspects.
A woman who works at a nearby business who stopped by the gas station frequently said Stevens was a nice man.
"When I'd go in, he would smile, and you know, one time I went in there and I took my change and I put it up on the counter, and he was like that's not gonna get you to Mt. Juliet ... he put money on the counter for me for gas, and so it's amazing that there was people in the world that was like that," said Tina Knapp.
Before the pair was captured, police searched for hours in the air and on foot in the area surrounding the gas station. A SWAT team swarmed a vacant elementary school and a home. Clark's minivan was later found in a parking lot near the gas station.
Clark was added to the TBI's Top 10 Most Wanted list on Wednesday morning.
The TBI issued an Amber Alert for Quinn on Wednesday morning after officials received information she was with Clark.
Investigators originally considered Quinn to be a runaway. Her family says she took clothes and makeup with her.
Quinn's family says the last time any of them saw her was when she was dropped off at the bus stop to go to Rhea County High School. But instead of getting on a bus, they think she got into Clark's car.
Quinn's mother told WRCB that Clark is a family friend who has known Quinn since she was a baby. Quinn is known to call Clark "Uncle Dan."
"We know she had a crush on him, but we thought it was a teenager crush. Nothing serious," said Quinn's mother.
Quinn's family was going to come to Nashville to reunite with the teenager but said police have told them to stay put.
Tri Star Energy, which owns the gas station where Stevens was shot, issued the following statement on Wednesday:Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of John Stevens, an eight-year employee who lost his life at our store located at 6955 Charlotte Pike in Nashville on the evening of May 2. We are deeply saddened by this tragic and senseless crime.
We are cooperating with local authorities to provide whatever information or support they need in their investigation.
The safety of employees is our highest priority. We take security measures in our stores and conduct safety training for managers and employees.
Our company chaplain is helping those affected through this situation, as we seek to respond in a timely and compassionate manner. Our priority is to support the family and our employees during this difficult time.
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