Metro Police arrested three young men suspected in a series of armed robberies early Tuesday morning in south Nashville apartment complex parking lots.
Convicted felons Darius Collins, 20, Travis Harris, 18, and Thomas Dixon, 17, are each charged with holding up a man and woman at gunpoint early Tuesday morning in the 1300 block of Tarrywood Lane, police said.
The men allegedly took cash from the woman and repeatedly struck the man in the head when he could not provide any valuables, police said. Witnesses reported they fled in a red car at 5 a.m.
Hermitage officers spotted the suspect vehicle, a red 2004 Nissan Sentra that had been reported stolen, 30 minutes later parked at the Exxon at 2664 Smith Springs Road.
Police said all three suspects were taken into custody, and a loaded .38-caliber handgun was recovered from the vehicle.
The victims identified Collins, Harris and Dixon as the suspects, police said.
Detectives believe the same suspects were also involved in at least five other similar robberies between 2:30 a.m. and 5 a.m. Tuesday. In each case, the suspects randomly targeted persons in apartment complex parking lots, robbed them at gunpoint, and drove off in a red car, police said.
Collins was convicted in June of attempted aggravated robbery and vehicle theft. He and Harris are currently charged with attempted aggravated robbery and aggravated robbery.
Collins is being held in lieu of $190,000 bond. Harris is being held on $155,000 bond. Dixon is charged in Juvenile Court with aggravated robbery.