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COLUMBIA, TN It was an explosive morning for one local family as their son became the victim in a violent attack while trying to guard his family fireworks stand just a couple days before the Fourth of July.Timothy Merritt and his family run the Southern Boom fireworks tent on East James Campbell Boulevard in Columbia. They been selling fireworks for the past eight years.”We keep somebody in here 24/7 so nobody comes in and steals,” Merritt said. Wednesday, one person wasn enough. Merritt oldest son, Jonathan, fell asleep on his overnight shift and says he woke up to find four masked men standing over him with a gun.”They told him to get on the ground immediately, which he did. Then they duct taped his hands behind his back. They duct taped his mouth and they duct taped his eyes, or tried to duct tape his eyes,” Merritt said.Police say the men stole more than $1,000 from the cash register and thousands of dollars worth of fireworks before taking Jonathan cell phone and his car keys and running off on foot.”The only information we have is four black males wearing black clothing and black ski masks,” said Sgt. Jamie Reed with the Columbia Police Department.The Merritts say they believe this isn the men first time trying to rob them.”Sunday night my other son, James, younger son, he was here and two guys cut the electricity, slashed one of his tires and then tried to come into the tent. They were cutting through the tent and he heard them, and he got up and yelled at them and they ran off,” Merritt said.The family thought it was just teenagers and it wouldn happen again.”We had that before. We scare them off, they don come back, but obviously, this time, they went and got a gun and came back with more people,” Merritt said.Merritt says that after these men allegedly tied his son up, they came back to look for something they dropped in the tent.The family says they will now keep at least two people on guard at all times. Police say it a good idea, especially heading into the holiday weekend.Nashville car thefts up by more than 200% in 2018Nashville car thefts up by more than 200% in 2018Updated: Monday, March 12 2018 1:21 PM EDT2018 03 12 17:21:10 GMTThe number of cars stolen in Nashville has increased by more than 200 percent four years.The number of cars stolen in Nashville has increased by more than 200 percent four years.Why Megan Barry’s guilty plea could one day vanishWhy Megan Barry’s guilty plea could one day vanishUpdated: Monday, March 12 2018 1:10 PM EDT2018 03 12 17:10:56 GMTMegan Barry plead guilty on charge of theft of property more than $10,000. (Photo: Metro Nashville Police Department)In three years, former Nashville mayor Megan Barry plea of guilty in court will be erased. Not from the public memory, but from the public record.In three years, former Nashville mayor Megan Barry plea of guilty in court will be erased. Not from the public memory, but from the public record.76 year old woman killed in head on crash on Briley Parkway76 year old woman killed in head on crash on Briley ParkwayUpdated: Monday, March 12 2018 12:28 PM EDT2018 03 12 16:28:19 GMT
the north face hat Family fireworks stand robbed in Columbia