MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Two men have been arrested and warrants have been issued for a third, after the robbery of an ATM repairman outside of a Murfreesboro bank on Tuesday, November 14, 2023.
25-Year-old Ryan Smith and 18-year-old Demond Johnson, Jr., both of Houston, Texas, are charged with robbery in concert with two or more persons.
Smith, Johnson, and another man, also from Houston, are accused of robbing an ATM outside of Truist Bank on Old Fort Parkway while the repairman was working on the machine around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday (11/14/23). The Murfreesboro Police Department (MPD) Criminal Investigations Division - Violent Crimes Unit continues to investigate the robbery.
Shortly after the robbery, the men were seen unloading a bag from the rear of a black Ford Explorer at the Verizon Store, located at the corner of Medical Center Parkway and N. Thompson Lane. Clothing, ski masks, and gloves believed to have been used in the robbery were found in a nearby dumpster. The Explorer was a rental vehicle.
The Rutherford County Sheriff's Office (RCSO) successfully captured one of the suspects. Smith was taken into custody after being stopped by Rutherford County deputies while riding in an Uber on Interstate 24. Deputies held Smith until MPD detectives took over the investigation.
The RCSO STOP Unit deputies also located a Lyft driver who took the other two robbers to the Nashville International Airport. Johnson was detained by Airport Police and held until MPD detectives arrived. The bag containing the stolen loot had already been checked and was intercepted by authorities once it arrived at an airport in Houston, Texas.
The third suspect, who was also dropped off at the Nashville airport by the same Lyft driver, was able to catch a flight to Texas. An outstanding warrant has now been issued for his arrest.
Smith and Johnson are each being held in the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center on a $100,000 bond. A court date is set for January 23, 2024 in Rutherford County General Sessions Court.
Again, the investigation into the robbery is ongoing.
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