Detectives believe the men responsible for the brazen late-night robbery at an East Nashville bar and restaurant Wednesday are most likely career criminals with lengthy records.
Police said two black men between the ages of 30 and 50, armed with a sawed-off shotgun and a black revolver, entered the Holland House Bar and Refuge around 11:20 p.m. and robbed the restaurant of about $860.
The men, dressed in dark clothing and wearing pantyhose over their faces, ordered everyone in the restaurant down to the floor, bringing the kitchen staff out to the main room and ordering them down as well.
Lt. Danny Driskell, of Metro police's East Precinct, described the scene as a hostile robbery during which the suspects grabbed a couple of the victims by the hair and pushed their heads down toward the bar. The men also made off with the cell phones and purses of a few of the victims.
Police said the suspects were last seen fleeing on foot down West Eastland Avenue toward Gallatin Pike.
“We’ve had some other what I refer to as 'hostile takeover-style' robberies,” Driskell said, “and we’re looking at those for comparison, seeing if we can find anything at all that matches up.”
One such incident that could be related is Tuesday night’s robbery of The Pied Piper Eatery, also in East Nashville, Driskell said.
On Monday, Dec. 20, two masked men robbed an East Nashville Dollar General Store on Gallatin Pike around 9 p.m. and also stole from customers inside the store. One apparently fired a warning gunshot into the ceiling before leaving the store.