Construction worker unsettled by 2 attempted robberies in East Nashville

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Police are investigating two attempted armed robberies that happened minutes apart and only a mile away from each other in East Nashville Tuesday afternoon.

Police said a construction crew was working in the 600 block of Neill Avenue when a man wearing a red bandanna approached them carrying a rifle.

Edwin Rivera told News 2 he and Rene Diaz were working on a home that’s under construction when they spotted the man through the window.

Scared for their lives, Rivera said through a translator that they shut and locked the doors of the home and took cover inside of a room.

“There were two guys with a rifle. They were approaching the home and they got really scared. They closed the door and he was really shocked because he never thought he would see that in this country and they were just approaching the house and they were trying to run or get out,” the translator explained.

Rivera went on to explain that the suspects were scared off for some reason and took off in a white Jeep Cherokee. He said the other suspect was wearing a ski mask.

Fifteen minutes earlier, another attempted armed robbery was reported as a man was walking in an alleyway on Sharpe Avenue.

The victim said he was approached by a masked man holding a shotgun who tried to rob him. According to police, there was a struggle and the victim was shot in the foot.

The unidentified suspect got away in a similar white SUV, which was described as possibly a Jeep Cherokee.

Authorities said there was more than one person in the vehicle and one of them reportedly fired at the victim again. The 29-year-old man is expected to be OK.

Rivera said he was shocked to hear that the suspects likely shot someone minutes before approaching them.

“I can’t believe that because I live here in United States 10 years, in Nashville for five years, and I never hear about it and it never happened to me. Something like that, it’s very scary actually. Thank God we are ok. Thank God,” he said.

Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 615-74-CRIME.