Coordinated Police Work Leads to Arrest of Armed Teen Robbery Suspect
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Coordinated police work between Hermitage and South Precinct officers led to Friday night’s apprehension of an armed teen after he bailed from a stolen vehicle taken during a robbery at the Mosaic Apartments, 1019 Patricia Drive.
Geovani Moreno, 16, and a second suspect allegedly approached a man in the apartment complex parking lot at 8:30 p.m. and robbed him at gunpoint, fleeing in the victim’s 2003 white two-door Honda. Minutes later, they are accused of robbing a woman of her purse in the 800 block of Patricia Drive.
Approximately one hour later, South Precinct officers spotted the stolen Honda occupied by only the driver, Moreno. Officers attempted to stop the car in the parking lot of McDonalds at 2212 Nolensville Pike. Moreno drove off. Officers successfully deployed spike strips as he exited. The Honda left the roadway in the 2800 block of Nolensville Pike and Moreno fled on foot. Moreno, who had a handgun in his waistband, was taken into custody after a foot pursuit. The gun had been reported stolen from a vehicle in 2018.
Recovered from the Honda were items taken during the robberies and a backpack containing 170 grams of marijuana and 11 Xanax pills. During an interview, Moreno admitted his involvement in the hold-ups and claimed the backpack to be his property. He is charged in Juvenile Court with aggravated robbery.
Hermitage Precinct detectives are pursuing strong leads in identifying the second suspect.