2 arrested in violent robbery at South Nashville apartments

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Two men were arrested Monday in a violent robbery that took place at a South Nashville apartment complex.

Metro police said Donovan Palmer, 24, and Deonte Spears, 21—who are both convicted felons—were arrested at 3:15 a.m., just hours after the crime.

The two are accused of approaching the victim just after midnight in the parking at the Whispering Hills Apartments on McMurray Drive.

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Police said the gunmen demanded the victim’s belongings before pistol-whipping him and stealing his phone.

The victim reportedly fell and crawled underneath a car when the suspects fired shots at him, hit him two times. He was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center and is expected to be okay.

According to a press release, Palmer and Spears fled in a red Chevrolet Impala and were stopped just hours later on Main Street in East Nashville.

Two handguns, one reported stolen, were recovered from under the front seat, Metro police stated, and the Impala had also been reported stolen last Tuesday from Noor Auto Sales on Murfreesboro Pike.

Palmer and Spears are each charged with especially aggravated robbery, felon in possession of a weapon, vehicle theft, and theft. They are being held in lieu of $75,000 bond each.

Palmer, of Batavia Street, has prior convictions for aggravated burglary, cocaine possession, aggravated assault, and theft. Spears, of Hillside Road, has a previous aggravated assault conviction.

Mug shots are being withheld pending lineups in similar cases.