Thursday, October 21, 2010

Cookeville Armed Robbery Suspect Caught

Cookeville police say they will present evidence to a grand jury next week against a Cookeville woman, arrested in connection with robberies in McMinnville, Crossville and Sparta.  They believe it is probably the same woman who held up the shop called A Rare Find in Cookeville last month.  Authorities say the woman was arrested, on October 19th, for her alleged involvement in an armed robbery in McMinnville, and is being investigated for possible links to three other armed robberies in just over four weeks around the Upper Cumberland area. According to a report in the Sparta newspaper, McMinnville law enforcement officers responded to a report of an armed robbery at Cash N Dash, on Sparta Street in McMinnville, and issued an advisory to surrounding counties of the suspect's description. A while later, Smithville Police Officer Matt Farmer reportedly initiated a traffic stop of a white Nissan Pathfinder on Highway 56 in Smithville, and came into contact with 22-year-old Patricia Allison East Johnson of Walton Lane, in Cookeville.  While Farmer was talking with Johnson, he reportedly noticed a gun, got Johnson out of the vehicle and placed her into custody. During the investigation, evidence was reportedly found that pointed to Johnson as a suspect in the armed robberies in Cookeville, Sparta, Crossville and McMinnville. Putnam County court officials say Johnson is already wanted in this county for failing to appear in General Sessions court on a domestic assault charge.