Vanderbilt University police are searching for a man who robbed the Taco Bell restaurant inside Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at gunpoint Sunday night.
The man pointed a silver handgun at the cashier and demanded all the money in the cash register around 9:30 p.m.
The suspect fled out of the hospital through the south garage.
According to an alert sent by Vanderbilt police after the robbery, a witness saw the man near the corner of Wedgewood and 21st avenues heading south.
The suspect is described as a black male between 20 and 30 years old. He stands between six feet and six feet, three inches tall and has a small afro.
He was last seen wearing a black t-shirt and gray camouflage pants.
The mother of the 18-year-old cashier who was robbed said her son was badly shaken by the experience.
“The guy came to him while he was working with another customer,” LaTisha Yarlett said. ”He pushed the customer away and put a gun in [my son’s] face and said, ‘Empty the cash register.’”
Her son, who will not be identified, complied with the demands and was not injured.
“He was in a bit of shock,” Yarlett said. ”I asked him if he was ok and he said, ‘Yes, I didn’t get shot.’”
Yarlett’s son graduated from Hillwood Comprehensive High School this past May. She said he took the job at Taco Bell to save money before leaving for college in the fall.
He is intent on helping police catch the man who robbed him.
“He is more determined to bring the person to justice because they thought they were entitled to money that belonged to taco bell and not them,” Yarlett said.
Her son returned to work on Monday for his shift and to be available for police if they had more questions for him.
“He is holding up pretty well,” Yarlett said. “His spirits are good at this time.”
Anyone with information on the suspect is urged to call Metro police or Crime Stoppers at 615-74-CRIME.