Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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November 14, 2011

Suspect who assaulted employee charged in theft

CROSSVILLE — A Crossville man who authorities claim grabbed merchandise from a store and then knocked down a female store employee who asked to see his receipt was arrested this week on a charge of robbery.

Nathaniel Ryan Lake, 34, 2025 Lowe Rd., was arrested Monday on a warrant signed by Crossville Police Maj. Mark Rosser relating to the Nov. 2 incident that took place at Lowe's on N. Main St.

Store employees told police that a man entered the store and took a chainsaw  and tried to exit through the lawn and garden area. Store employee Lawana Barnes asked to see the man's receipt at which time he knocked her to the ground and fled in a black 2006 Volkswagen Passat.

He was followed to Crossville Marine on Hwy. 127 S and was seen carrying a chainsaw into the business and leaving a short time later without it.

Rosser wrote in his report that he went to the business on Hwy. 127 S and was given a copy of the driver's license of the man who sold the chainsaw, which led to the the arrest of the suspect.

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