Police seek to ID gunmen in two separate market incidents

Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 7:35pm
Staff reports

South Precinct detectives are working to identify two gunmen in two separate market robbery incidents.

Police are seeking the man who Sunday night robbed the St. Mark Market at 2217 Murfreesboro Road.

The robber entered the store at 9:30 p.m. and immediately told the clerk to open the register at gunpoint, police said. He then walked around the counter and took cash from the drawer before fleeing on foot. 

The robber is described as a Hispanic man.  He is approximately 5’10” tall, weighs about 170 pounds, and wore a bandana to cover his face.

Related to the second incident, police are seeking the man who shot a market clerk in the face during a struggle over the pistol in the midst of a robbery attempt.

The shooting occurred at 11:45 p.m. Monday inside the Marathon store at 14910 Old Hickory Blvd. Victim Soe Ya, 23, is in stable condition at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Ya and a second clerk were in the process of closing the store when the gunman entered and began shouting for money. The two clerks ran to the back of the store. The robber followed and, once in the storage area, allegedly engaged in a struggle with the two workers.

During the struggle, Ya was shot in the jaw, police said.  The suspect dropped his gun and lost the white cloth he was wearing over his face. He fled the market, apparently without any money.

The robber is described as a black man in his 20s who wore a black T-shirt, black shorts and white tennis shoes.

Anyone recognizing either suspect is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.  Citizens can also send an electronic tip to Crime Stoppers by texting the word “CASH” along with their message to 274637 (CRIMES) or online at www.nashvillecrimestoppers.com

Persons who contact Crime Stoppers by phone or text message can remain anonymous and qualify for a cash reward.