HOUSTON COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – An armed robbery Monday morning led to an arrest and the recovery of guns, money, and explosives from the suspect’s home.
Authorities said they received a call for an armed robbery at around 8:45 a.m. at the Dollar General at Gray’s Crossing.
The suspect — identified as 19-year-old Nathan Whitford — was later found after an extensive search involving a Tennessee Highway Patrol helicopter.
When investigators searched the Whitford’s home, they found cash, body armor, an AR-15 rifle, and a glock handgun he allegedly used in Monday’s robbery at the Dollar General.
Houston County Sheriff Kevin Sugg told News 2 deputies also discovered Whitford was making explosives with black powder and B-B’s. Sugg also said it appears the 19-year-old was trying to make a homemade grenade.
Whitford was taken into custody and faces a long list of charges which includes:
Aggravated assault (three counts)
Reckless endangerment (three counts)
Altering a serial number of a weapon
Possession of an explosive device
Possession of drug paraphernalia
Possession of a prohibited weapon
Unlawful possession of a firearm
Theft of property
Whitford remains jailed on a $712,500 bond. No further information was released.