Knife pulled on employee over cup of coffee in downtown Nashville


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — One man was arrested on multiple charges after pulling a knife on a downtown Nashville employee for a cup of coffee.

Metro police reported Lawrence Cosson, 34, went to buy a cup of coffee at the Starbucks located in the Courtyard by Marriott, but the change he brought didn’t cover the bill. Cosson got upset and was asked to leave the store located at 170 4th Avenue North in Nashville.

Lawrence Cosson (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

According to police, Cosson then went behind the counter and proceeded to pour himself a cup of coffee with a knife opened in his hand.

After he walked out with the cup of coffee, he was located by police in an alley off Rep. John Lewis Way. Police said he resisted arrest by “actively pulling away from officers.”

Cosson was arrested for aggravated robbery and resisting arrest. He was also charged with a theft from an incident dating back to January 2021, where police say he walked into the Metropolitan Wine and Spirits in Downtown Nashville and walked out with a bottle of liquor without paying for it.

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