App helps police arrest Melrose robbery suspect

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The “Find My iPhone” application helped police catch an aggravated robbery and assault suspect in the Melrose-area early Saturday morning.

According to an affidavit, 29-year-old Khamphon Xayyasith was arrested after he allegedly robbed two women of their purses at gunpoint outside a bar.

Courtesy: Metro Police Department
Courtesy: Metro Police Department

It happened as the women were walking out of The Sutler at Franklin Pike and Kirkwood Avenue on Friday night.

According to police, Xayyasith approached the women and demanded their purses at gunpoint.

When the victims hesitated, Xayyasith allegedly grabbed their handbags and fired two shots into the air before fleeing in a silver Nissan Xterra.

One of the victim’s phones was in her purse, so she was able to use the “Find My iPhone” feature to track it to a house on Maxon Avenue in west Nashville.

The women called police and when officers went to the house, they reportedly found the silver Xterra in the driveway and Xayyasith in a back bedroom.

Both stolen handbags were recovered.

He is charged with two counts of aggravated robbery and two counts of aggravated assault.

Police said Xayyasith has previous convictions for felon in possession of a weapon, assault, burglary and drug possession.

He’s being held in lieu of $125,000 bond.

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