With the help of restaurant customers, Metro Police was able to track down and arrest a convicted thief who was on an armed robbery spree Sunday night.
Greg Chafos, 49, is jailed in lieu of $100,000 bond on charges of aggravated robbery and attempted aggravated robbery, according to reports.
Police say Chafos attempted to rob the Shoney’s restaurant at 407 Thompson Lane with a butcher’s knife around noon on Sunday, but when a cashier ran from the register, Chafos failed to open it and fled. As he did, a customer grabbed the suspect, temporarily knocking him to the ground, according to reports.
The delay allowed others to witness Chafos flee in a red Ford pickup and their description of the truck allowed officers to spot the suspect and nab him a short time later, police said.
It was reported that Chafos may have been responsible for the 10:30 a.m. robbery of a Walgreen’s at 1081 Murfreesboro Pike. There, according to reports, he brandished a butcher’s knife and demanded money. The clerk complied and the robber fled.
A short time later, Chafos is alleged to have entered Shoney’s, again clutching a butcher knife as he approached the front counter. He demanded money, but the employee backed away in fear and ran. The robber attempted to open the cash register, but was unsuccessful. As he fled, a customer grabbed the suspect and knocked him to the ground.
When Chafos was stopped on Nolensville Pike near Elysian Fields Road, officers found a large knife under the seat of the truck and recovered the exact amount of money taken from Walgreen’s, police said.
Chafos was taken into custody without incident, but refused to answer detectives’ questions, according to reports.
Police records show that Chafos was convicted in 2002 on charges of burglary, theft and cocaine possession in Blount, Sevier and Knox counties in East Tennessee. He received an eight-year sentence.