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Convicted Felons Charged In Pharmacy Robbery

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Two convicted felons were charged with the Sunday night robbery of a pharmacy in Old Hickory.

Police said 27-year-old John W. Stewart walked into the Rite Aid on Robinson Road around 5:30 p.m. He demanded pain medication at gunpoint, and then jumped over the counter while the employee was complying with his demand.

He remained behind the counter until the employee filled a bag with pills and cash. An affidavit said Stewart got away with approximately 14,000 pills were stolen along with $500 cash from the cash register.

Stewart ran out of the store, and got into a waiting getaway car, driven by 26-year-old Matthew Chrisman.

A witness gave police a description of the car they were in, and they were later stopped in Madison.

Police said Chrisman stayed in the vehicle, and was taken into custody without incident. However, Stewart jumped out of the vehicle, and tried to run. He was apprehended by K-9, and had to be treated for wounds from a dog bite.

In the back seat of the vehicle, police found the trash bag with the pills inside. The pharmacy employees also later identified Stewart in a lineup as the robber.

Both men were charged with aggravated robbery. Stewart was also charged with evading arrest. His bond was set at $78,000 bond, while Chrisman was held on $50,000 bond.

Police said Stewart was convicted of robbing a Dollar General store in 2007, and was on parole. He also has felony theft convictions in Davidson, Williamson and Sumner Counties. Chrisman has previous convictions for child abuse (age 8 or less) and felony theft. 

Their photos were withheld by police pending possible lineups in other cases.

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