A Metro police officer’s suspicions apparently led to his thwarting a robbery attempt on a Pilot Travel Center Sunday night.
When uniformed Officer Ken Bray walked into the Pilot Travel Center on West Trinity Lane, he noticed Benjamin Taylor, 22, talking on a cell phone while walking around the store and paying specific attention to Bray and a security guard.
Outside, Bray said he saw Antonio Parham, 18, talking on a cell phone and tucking what appeared to be a pistol into his waistband. After Bray detained Parham for questioning, Taylor walked up wanting to know what was happening.
Bray believed the two had been talking to each other on the cell phones.
According to police, detectives interviewed both Taylor and Parham early Monday morning, and the two admitted to planning to rob the Pilot store and escape to a nearby motel.
Police charged both men with conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery. They are being held in lieu of $20,000 bond each.
The gun police said Parham carried turned out to be a BB pistol resembling a real gun.