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Murfreesboro restaurant robbery suspects arrested in Memphis

Ramar Garrison (Photo from Murfreesboro police) Ramar Garrison (Photo from Murfreesboro police)
MURFREESBORO, TN (WSMV) -

Murfreesboro police say two final suspects have been arrested in connection to the Demos' restaurant robbery Monday morning.

Cristan Jarvis, 21, and a 17-year-old juvenile were taken into custody Thursday in Memphis on charges of criminal conspiracy, aggravated robbery and two counts of theft after the Broad Street business was robbed about 7 a.m.

Police believe Jarvis and the teen worked with two other suspects, including a Demos' employee, in the crime.

Ramar Garrison, 26, of Murfreesboro, had only been working at Demos' for 4 1/2 months, but it didn't take long for him to learn the ins and outs of how things worked - especially the cash flow at the popular restaurant.

"Ramar no longer had a job with us after something like that. No one wants to see him near us again," said restaurant owner Peter Demos.

Demos said there were seven employees and a delivery man inside when Garrison, Jarvis, the unidentified juvenile and 25-year-old Christopher Clark allegedly robbed them of their wallets and cell phones, along with the restaurant itself.

"They're all still at various stages of being shaken up. Some are handling better than others," Demos said.

The owner said the robbery is that much harder knowing it was an inside job.

"When it's a member of the restaurant family, it does make it a lot more intense. The pain is much worse," he said.

A manager locked himself inside the restaurant office, hit the panic button and called police, before the robbers got inside and took thousands of dollars.

His quick thinking helped police arrive to the scene within 47 seconds and nab the suspects. Once the suspects spotted police, they allegedly started throwing money in the wind.

"Such quick response is the reason they were caught and a good reason our employees are safe today," Demos said.

"They robbed the employees at gunpoint. They got money from the restaurant - an undisclosed amount of money at this time," said Murfreesboro police Maj. Clyde Adkison.

Randy King was painting a nearby business when he saw something out of the corner of his eye.

"(It's) kind of nerve-wracking," King said.

King said next thing he knew, there were cops everywhere.

"It blew my mind. It's crazy. There are like nine cops cars and they are still coming in," he said.

This is not Garrison's first alleged run in with the law. According to court documents, he was on probation for stealing money from another business where he once worked.

Garrison was accused of taking more than $4,000 from T.J. Maxx by accepting cash under the table from certain customers instead of ringing up the purchases over a four-month period.

Demos said he had no idea about Garrison's past. If he had known, he said he never would have hired him.

"We do not want people who has criminal backgrounds involving dishonesty or sex crime. Other crimes, we are willing to give people second chance for," Demos said.

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