A citizen is being credited with thwarting a robbery at a Mt. Juliet convenience store Wednesday night.
Sgt. Tyler Chandler, community police director and public information officer of the Mt. Juliet Police Department, said a 17-year-old male entered the Citgo on North Mt. Juliet Road about 8:20 p.m. He reportedly displayed a steak knife and told the clerk to hand over all the cash and key to his car.
The clerk, Chandler said, gave the suspect some cash and the keys to a vehicle but told the juvenile the keys were for a different vehicle in an attempt to confuse him.
Meanwhile, a 44-year-old male citizen was outside filling his vehicle with gasoline and witnessed the event. Chandler said as the suspect was leaving the store and attempting to take what he thought was the clerks vehicle, the citizen yelled at the suspect to put his hands up on the car.
The suspect listened and complied.
The citizen noticed the steak knife in the suspects pocket and pulled it out and threw it to the ground as Mt. Juliet Police Officers arrived on the scene. Officers took the juvenile into custody without incident.
Chandler said all the cash and weapon were recovered. No one was injured in the incident.
Charges were still pending at press time against the 17-year-old suspect.