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Four Men Charged in Two Separate Armed Robberies


September 5, 2013


Outstanding police work coupled with citizen assistance led to last night’s apprehension of four men, one a convicted armed robber and all with previous arrest histories, who are alleged to have taken part in two separate armed hold-ups.
In the first case at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Ryan Pittman, 28, approached a man who was sitting in his parked van outside the Comfort Suites at 2615 Elm Hill Pike.  Pittman demanded his wallet while pointing a short barreled shotgun at the victim’s stomach.  The victim complied, but then Pittman noticed there was no cash in the wallet and ordered the victim to move to the passenger side of his vehicle so Pittman could drive him to an ATM.  The victim grabbed the barrel of the shotgun, and with assistance from another citizen, subdued Pittman until police arrived.  Witnesses reported that Pittman’s alleged accomplice, Blake Bartelson, 29, fled the scene.  He was quickly identified and later taken into custody.  
Pittman, of Seven Mile Court, admitted his involvement in the hold-up.  He is charged with aggravated robbery, attempted kidnapping and attempted carjacking.  Pittman has previous convictions for theft and DUI.  He is being held in lieu of $170,000 bond.  Bartelson, of Tara Ann Court, is charged with aggravated robbery.  He has felony cocaine convictions in Williamson and Davidson Counties.  He is being held in lieu of $50,000 bond.
In the second robbery at 8:30 p.m., Aaron Donte Evans Jr., 23, a convicted robber, and Prince Kennedy Jr., 25, are accused of robbing a man at gunpoint in the parking lot of Graycroft Apartments, 165 Starr Boulevard.   They fled in a blue Dodge Charger.  Witness information greatly assisted Canine Officer John Hutcheson, who spotted the suspect car on Old Hickory Boulevard.  Evans and Kennedy were stopped and taken into custody.  Two handguns were recovered from the Dodge Charger along with items stolen from the victim.
Evans and Kennedy are both charged with aggravated robbery.  Evans was also booked on outstanding warrants related to the assault of his girlfriend.  In 2008, Evans was sentenced to eight years for aggravated robbery and three years for aggravated assault. He is being held in lieu of $80,000.  Kennedy, who has previous convictions for drug possession and theft, is being held in lieu of $75,000 bond.  
Lineups are being withheld for all four suspects pending lineups in other cases.