Metro Police say an alert employee ran to the back of the Family Dollar store and called 911 as armed robber William McGilmer was holding up the North Nashville Store on Whites Creek Pike Monday morning. He is in custody, jailed in lieu of an $82,500 bond.
William James McGilmer, 36, while wearing a white mask made out of the sleeve of a t-shirt, entered the store, pulled a gun and demanded money from the cash register and safe. As McGilmer was robbing the business, an employee he had not seen ran to the rear of the building and called 911. Officer Zachary Goodall arrived on the scene quickly and saw McGilmer fleeing through the woodline behind the store toward Revels Drive. Officer Goodall gave chase and caught McGilmer in the 500 block of Revels Drive. He was brought back to the store, where staff positively identified him as the robber. The t-shirt sleeve mask was still around his neck. A black BB pistol resembling a real firearm was found along McGilmer’s flight path.
McGilmer refused to answer detectives’ questions. He is charged with aggravated robbery, evading arrest and gun possession by a convicted felon. He is jailed in lieu of $82,500 bond and remains under investigation in regard to other crimes.