Mt. Juliet Police recover weapons, stolen cars after standoff

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Four teens are in police custody after a standoff Monday morning along Boxcroft Circle in Mt. Juliet.

Mt. Juliet Police asked residents to shelter in place from 7:30 to around 9:00 am.

Lawson Peets found out about the standoff through his son, who was listening to the police scanner.

“Called us and said your place is on a lockdown and it said, ‘Don’t go near the windows, stay inside,’ and that’s what we did,” said Peets.

Police were trying to detain four armed teens who allegedly stole a vehicle.

Investigators say the suspects were males from Nashville, ages 15, 16, and two 17-year-olds.

Police said the teens refused to comply with officer orders.

The standoff ensued until the suspects were detained around 9 am.

Inside the stolen vehicle, police recovered a handgun and an AR15-style semi-automatic rifle.

Peets said his neighborhood has had incidents like this before, but the standoff was just too close for comfort.

“No fun, Christmas Eve, you don’t expect this on Christmas Eve at all,” said Peets. “This is the worst one. We’ve had a couple some alerts on, but this is the one that’s in our backyard.”

Just a few miles away from the scene, Mt. Juliet Police found another unoccupied stolen vehicle along the 1100 block of Secretariat Drive.

Brian Matthews is the owner of that car.

“I was surprised when they called. ‘We got your car. What do you mean?'” said Matthews. “I knew it was gone, I was trying to get it where I left it, but it was gone.”

Matthews tells News 2 he remembers parking his car Sunday night in downtown Nashville.

Inside, he said he left his wallet with his I.D., credit cards, and about $500 in cash.

He said he’s canceled his credit cards to be safe, but is concerned about what was found in the other stolen vehicle.

“Yes, because I live in this area. Knowing that teens got guns, yeah, that bothers me,” said Matthews.

Investigators said the other car was also stolen out of Nashville last night.

No injuries were reported.

Police said the suspects were taken to an undisclosed juvenile detention facility.

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