Police seek two men in hostile Holland House robbery

Thursday, December 30, 2010 at 1:59pm

Detectives believe the men responsible for the brazen late-night robbery at an East Nashville bar and restaurant Wednesday are most likely career criminals with lengthy records.

Police said two black men between the ages of 30 and 50, armed with a sawed-off shotgun and a black revolver, entered the Holland House Bar and Refuge around 11:20 p.m. and robbed the restaurant of about $860.

The men, dressed in dark clothing and wearing pantyhose over their faces, ordered everyone in the restaurant down to the floor, bringing the kitchen staff out to the main room and ordering them down as well.

Lt. Danny Driskell, of Metro police's East Precinct, described the scene as a hostile robbery during which the suspects grabbed a couple of the victims by the hair and pushed their heads down toward the bar. The men also made off with the cell phones and purses of a few of the victims. 

Police said the suspects were last seen fleeing on foot down West Eastland Avenue toward Gallatin Pike.

“We’ve had some other what I refer to as 'hostile takeover-style' robberies,” Driskell said, “and we’re looking at those for comparison, seeing if we can find anything at all that matches up.”

One such incident that could be related is Tuesday night’s robbery of The Pied Piper Eatery, also in East Nashville, Driskell said.

On Monday, Dec. 20, two masked men robbed an East Nashville Dollar General Store on Gallatin Pike around 9 p.m. and also stole from customers inside the store. One apparently fired a warning gunshot into the ceiling before leaving the store.


4 Comments on this post:

By: popeye123 on 12/30/10 at 3:39

Arm yourself or be a victim. I'm sure when these two are caught they'll have arrest records in the double digits. Released, and re - released to terrorize again and again. They'll serve a couple of months and then be back out to do it, or worse again. It's time to start holding non-elected judges accountable for their actions and being soft on criminals. Revolving door justice is not working. One of my or your family members could well be a victim next time. They are reckless and dangerous and should be made to serve at least 20 years with no chance of parole. A couple of well placed hydra-shocks would eliminate the animals and save us all a lot of trouble and perhaps some innocent lives.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/31/10 at 6:38

I'd bet popeye is correct that these two have a long list of arrests. Time to update the sentencing laws in a meaningful way - especially for violent offenders!!!

By: Nitzche on 12/31/10 at 11:18

Do you mean they are African-Americans? Because if the establishment was robbed by white men, the article would have said the predominantly African-American patrons! I checked the PC handbook and it says, Suspects-always Black..Victims-always African-American

By: AmyLiorate on 1/1/11 at 10:00

Blanket, that is often the first thought we have; "More/tougher laws are needed!"

But when you look into it there are already severe laws and penalties for gun crimes like these. The problem is that our federal and state officials don't use those laws. They tend to compromise which means the thugs get very light sentences in light of the fact they have endangered and even hurt innocent people.

We don't need to update our laws, we need to update our prosecutors and judges. Attorneys on the criminal's side need to learn that compromise doesn't work for violent crimes. Sure, once in a while you'll loose a case, but these guys can't stay out of trouble. You'll get them all before long and they'll stay behind bars 3 times longer.