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Robbery suspects captured
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Pictured are McMinnville Police Department officers outside America's Best Value Inn interviewing a witness. - photo by Lacy Garrison
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Three men were arrested Tuesday and charged with aggravated robbery. They allegedly lured a man to a local hotel with that effort in mind. One was arrested in Cannon County after a high-speed chase, while the remaining two were taken into custody locally. Pictured is one of the suspects. - photo by Lisa Hobbs

Three individuals have been charged for an alleged assault and robbery of a man inside a local hotel room Tuesday morning. 

According to McMinnville Police Department, the man reported being lured to America’s Best Value Inn on Sunnyside Heights by an acquaintance.  

“He said he was called to the hotel room by someone he knew,” said McMinnville Police detective Todd Rowland. “When he entered the room, he was held at gunpoint and robbed. He was able to free himself and ran.” 

The victim sought refuge at Nana’s Kountry Kupboard and reported the incident at approximately 10:45 a.m. Reports described two vehicles leaving the scene.

One vehicle was spotted in the area of Bybee Branch Road with three occupants. Its driver, later identified as Nicolas Flores, 20, sideswiped two vehicles in the attempt to evade capture and headed toward Cannon County on Nashville Highway. Speeds topped 90 mph.

Cannon County deputies, Woodbury City officers and the Tennessee Highway Patrol became involved. Spike strips were used and the pursuit ended in the area of Woodbury City Hall.

The fleeing vehicle contained two underage female juveniles reported as runaways from Ooltewah, Tenn. Their names are being withheld. 

Flores and the teens were immediately transported back to Warren County. 

Shortly after that pursuit ended, the second vehicle was spotted in the area of Rebel Hill Street by a patrolling city officer. It contained three individuals. Taken into custody at gunpoint in front of Warren County Middle School were Samantha Brewer, 21, Leo Garcia, 27, and Rafael Lopez, age unknown.

WCMS, as well as Bobby Ray Elementary, were placed on temporary lockdown.

Brewer and the two underage juveniles were not charged in connection with the robbery. However, Brewer is wanted for outstanding warrants and violation of probation. The juveniles will be transported back to Ooltewah. 

Rowland says Flores will likely face charges of evading arrest and reckless endangerment for his run from the law, while Flores, Garcia and Lopez will be charged with aggravated robbery. Additional charges could be pending.