Robbery suspect arrested after attacking Mapco clerk

Robbery suspect arrested after attacking Mapco clerk (Image 1)
Robbery suspect arrested after attacking Mapco clerk (Image 1)

A suspect was arrested after attacking a clerk during a robbery at a south Nashville convenience store Sunday night.

The robbery happened around 5:30 p.m. at the Mapco on Murfreesboro Pike at Foster Avenue.

According to a police affidavit, the suspect, armed with a pry bar, went into the store and demanded money from the register.

A struggle ensued and the suspect, later identified as Skipper Kephart, hit the 62-year-old clerk over the head with the pry bar, causing him to fall down and black out.

Kephart attempted to pry the register open but failed to do so.

He then dragged the clerk over to the register and again demanded he open it.

When the clerk couldn't, Kephart grabbed the whole register, two packs of cigarettes and a 12-pack of beer before fleeing.

A pickup truck was waiting for him at the McDonald's restaurant across the street.

A few hours later, around Midnight, an officer spotted the truck without its headlights on. 

After stopping it, the officer discovered the truck had been stolen in Murfreesboro.

Kephart, 47, a passenger in the truck, refused to be interviewed by detectives.  He was charged with especially aggravated robbery and auto theft.

The truck's driver, Tony Bass, and another passenger, Angelique Carr, were also arrested.

Bass, 43, admitted to driving Skipper away from the McDonald's.  He, too, is charged with especially aggravated robbery and auto theft.

Carr, 19, is charged with auto theft.

Just last year, police said Kephart received a four-year robbery sentence.

He was additional convicted of rape in Wilson County in 1983, auto burglary in Nashville in 1983 and felony theft in Rutherford County in 2009.

Kephart is being held in lieu of $150,000 bond.

Bass, who has convictions for aggravated burglary and multiple forgery counts out of Rutherford County, is being held in lieu of $65,000 bond.

Carr is being held in lieu of $10,000 bond.

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