UPDATE: Police ID man charged in Jackson package store robbery

UPDATE — Police have identified the man charged in a Thursday morning armed robbery of a Jackson store.

Decarlos Taylor, 20, is charged with aggravated robbery, tampering with evidence and evading arrest, according to a release from the Jackson Police Department.

Taylor is in custody at the Madison County Jail and is scheduled to be arraigned at 8 a.m. Friday in Jackson City Court.

Earlier story:

JACKSON, Tenn. — Police say a suspect in a Thursday morning robbery is in custody after being tracked down to his hiding spot in an abandoned home.

“It’s shocking and nervous right now for us,” store owner Harry Patel said.

Police escorted a man in handcuffs out of a house on Labelle Street around 11:30 a.m. Thursday. Officers say he robbed Eastgate Discount Beer and Tobacco, located at 825 Whitehall Street, around 9:30 a.m.

“He said ‘you’ve been nice to me, but I’m sorry. I have to do this,'” Patel said.

Patel said a man robbed his clerk at gunpoint and got away with money from the register. Officers said a K-9 helped them track the suspect to the nearby abandoned house on Labelle Street.

“Inside the house was a shirt that matched the video footage from the robbery,” Jackson Police Department Capt. Phillip Kemper said.

Police said they called in the SWAT team and used special camera technology that helped them find the suspect hiding in the attic, lying in the insulation. “We were able to talk him down without any further incident,” Kemper said. “There was no physical altercation.”

WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News spoke with the clerk on duty at the time of the robbery. She was still shaken.

Neighbors watched as officers swarmed the house. “Ain’t too much I can say, but it’s just messed up, you know,” a neighbor, who did not want to be identified, said.

Patel said he believes his store is still in a safe community. “Trying to take it positive sign from here,” he said. “Try to be more careful.”

Officers said no one was hurt. Jackson police have not released the name of the man taken into custody.

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