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Tenn. Man Arrested at Anti-Crime Event

By Associated Press

August 5, 2004, 11:19 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Claude Meadows was hungry after he allegedly robbed a man at knifepoint of his money and car Tuesday evening.

Fortunately for Metro Nashville police, Meadows decided to attend a Night Out Against Crime event three hours later and stand in a food line. Officer Martin Burns saw that he closely fit the description of the man who had stolen Harold Whitton's car, and after questioning, arrested Meadows.

Meadows, 34, is charged with aggravated robbery. His is being held in lieu of $30,000 bond.

"Officer Burns' observations at what was essentially a social event were truly outstanding," chief Ronal Serpas said Wednesday. "It is amazing that Meadows showed up at an anti-crime event."

Whitton reported to Burns that he was robbed at knifepoint by a suspect who took his 2001 Pontiac Grand Am and drove away. Whitton gave Burns a good description of the robber.

When Burns saw Meadows in the food line, he approached him and recovered a leatherman's tool containing a knife and Whitton's car keys. The car was located and returned to Whitton.

Copyright © 2004, The Associated Press

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