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Awareness Keeps You Safe, Helps Police Solve Crime

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Police said public awareness makes all the difference when keeping you and your neighborhood safe. They said it also helps them solve crime.

In East Nashville, a robbery victim paid close attention to what was happening before and after the crime.

Laura Myers owns and runs Happy Japan. It's a specialty shop mostly for children in East Nashville.

She said Thursday a man came in to rob her, but he didn't get anything. There was nothing to take and he became angry.

"And he reached into his coat and I thought I was going to faint, but he pulled out his hand like this and went, pow, pow, pow.  I'm going to shoot you and he left, so I locked the door and I called police and I was like no," said Myers.

She called 911 and gave police a detailed description of the suspect. Before and after the crime Myers paid close attention to the man.

"I was here alone and I saw him across the street and had my eye on him," Myers added.

She was pretty sure it was the same man who threatened people in the business next door just a day earlier.

Police set up a perimeter and an alert officer noticed a man flagging down cars on Gallatin Pike.

They arrested 41-year-old Kenneth Jolley for attempted robbery. Police said Jolley matched the description given by Myers just a few minutes earlier, and police arrested him.

"These people and their employees did exactly that. I don't know how many times we've talked about crimes and how you have to be aware of your surroundings," said Danny Driskell with the Metro Police Department.

Police said Myers should be commended for her actions. Her close attention to details helped them catch the man.

Myers appreciates the compliment, but she said things may have been different if there'd been customers in the store.

"We are for lack of a better word a children's store, and if there had been a child in here I don't know what I would have done. I would have karate chopped. I don't know," Myers told NewsChannel 5.

Police said even the smallest bit of information you give them may help solve a crime. If you can help, call or text Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.  

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