Three men have been arrested in connection with recent robberies of a Clarksville bank and pharmacy.
A 42-year-old became the third man taken into custody in the cases police believe are related. He was taken to Montgomery County Jail after he turned himself over to law enforcement authorities last week.
He was charged with aggravated robbery of a pharmacy on Wilma Rudolph Boulevard.
According to the Leaf-Chronicle, a 31-year-old man is in custody facing allegations of participating in the pharmacy robbery as well as robbing a US Bank on Fort Campbell Boulevard. He faces two counts of aggravated robbery.
His brother, 30, is in custody in Kentucky, awaiting extradition to Montgomery County on charges related to at least one of the robberies, according to Clarksville Police.
The Leaf-Chronicle also reports on an interesting story of a dispute between two men -- a dispute that the newspaper itself is tangentially involved in.
According to the newspaper, a 22-year-old man was arrested recently after an incident outside a restaurant.
Police said the men were having a meal together when the 22-year-old flipped the other man's hat off of his head. The other man responded by flipping the 22-year-old's hat off.
According to police, the 22-year-old, an E-4 in the U.S. Army, then jumped over the restaurant's patio fence, got a gun from his car, put it to the other man's side and threatened to pull the trigger for being disrespectful.
The 22-year-old later called the newspaper to give his account of the incident, saying he fetched the gun to wring an apology out of the other man.
"I told him to apologize. I didn't tell him I was going to shoot him," he told the newspaper.
Virtually every criminal defense attorney in the world will advise clients not to call newspapers with explanations of their actions, regardless of how helpful they believe those explanations might be. The reality is that the explanation might itself present problems that hinder an effective legal defense.
Source: Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle: "CRIME WATCH: Third arrest made in Clarksville bank, pharmacy robberies" by Tavia D. Green: Aug. 11, 2011