NASHVILLE (WSMV) — It was a scary weekend for some West Nashville businesses as a Charlotte Pike employee was held at knifepoint. Police say the suspect left with cash and the employees’ car, and the thief even tried to run over the employee.

It happened at Cash Express on Saturday, and nearby businesses said it was all in broad daylight.

It was a normal day at work for Robbie Bishop.

“We had a very busy Sunday,” Bishop said. “There were a lot of people inside and outside all day.”

As he closed a sale at McPherson’s Men’s Shop, Bishop said he looked out the window.


Metro Nashville police are working to identify the person they believe held a woman at knifepoint, robbed her at work and stole her vehicle Saturday afternoon.

“I turned around and looked and saw all the police cars,” Bishop said. “The girl who worked there, her car was missing.”

Bishop saw the moments after an armed robbery at the nearby Cash Express. Metro police said a man seen in surveillance photos entered the Cash Express at around 1.15pm that afternoon, acting like a customer. Police also said he filled out a loan application while he waited for another client to leave.

Once the suspect found himself alone with the employee, he went behind the counter and demanded money, pointing the penknife at her.

“People are getting cashed checks or title loans,” Bishop said. “I’m sure there was a pretty good amount of money in there.”

After getting the money, the suspect asked the employee for the keys to her black Cadillac Escalade and demanded that she get in the car with him. The employee fled and ran to the Cash Express. That’s when police say the suspect tried to run him over with his own car.

“It’s pretty scary,” Bishop said. “We haven’t had this kind of incident here for years.”

Police say the suspect fled east on Charlotte Pike and detectives later found the car abandoned on Jefferson Street under I-40. Bishop described the area around her business as busy but safe and is grateful the employee was unharmed.

“Hopefully she’s doing well and getting back to work soon,” Bishop said.

Metro Police is asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463.

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