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Police are looking for a female suspect who allegedly robbed a Shoney’s manager at gunpoint Sunday night in the 1900 block of South Church Street in Murfreesboro.

The unidentified woman walked into the store just after 9 p.m., put a black handgun on the counter, and demanded the manager hand over all of the money that was in the safe, according to a Murfreesboro Police Department incident report.

After the manager gave her $250 in cash, the woman left the scene on foot.

Officers arrived within moments after the robbery occurred but did not locate the suspect.

The suspect is described as a black female who was wearing a gray hooded jacket, and police believe she may have fled in a silver vehicle that was parked near an adjacent building.

Anyone with information about this incident should call Crime Stoppers at 615-893-7867.

Father arrested after kids found home alone

A 25-year-old father was arrested before dawn Sunday after a repossession agent discovered one of the man’s four children crying outside of a residence at Northfield Lodge Apartments in Murfreesboro.

Rodger D. Katzenmaier is accused of leaving his four children, ranging in ages from 2 to 7 years old, home alone for more than an hour while he went to another apartment to use the telephone.

He has been charged with four counts of felony child neglect in connection with the incident, which occurred Saturday at about 11 p.m. in the 600 block of East Northfield Boulevard, according to a Murfreesboro Police Department arrest report.

At the time of the incident, the children’s mother was at work, and she is not facing any charges in connection with the case.

Katzenmaier is being held on a $12,000 bond at the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center.

He is scheduled to appear for preliminary hearing in the case Thursday, Nov. 8, in Rutherford County General Sessions Court.

College student reports being harassed

Some of the residents living in a duplex near Middle Tennessee State University have allegedly been harassing female students as they walk from the Division Street parking lot to campus for class.

A 20-year-old woman filed a complaint Friday stating that she and a group of friends have consistently been targeted by people living in the 700 block of Crestland Avenue, according to a Murfreesboro Police Department incident report.

The woman told police the bullying began a few weeks after the fall semester began, and much of the harassment has included inappropriate comments and offensive language.

On Sept. 27, she said the situation escalated when an unidentified man made threatening statements toward the women when they did not respond to his catcalls, which has caused them to become increasingly worried for their safety.

Police have since stepped up patrols in the area, and the matter remains under investigation. The MTSU Department of Public Safety has also been notified of the situation.

Suspected dealers busted with crack

A man and woman were arrested last week on suspicion of being involved with the distribution of crack after they were allegedly caught with more than 20 grams, following an investigation by Murfreesboro detectives.

Chattanooga resident Orlando A. Watkins, 22, and 20-year-old Lynessa B. Harper, of Tullahoma, were arrested Sept. 25 when officers discovered 2 grams of crack inside their vehicle during a traffic stop on Southeast Broad Street near Saratoga Drive.

Watkins was also caught with a small bag of marijuana that was in his shirt pocket, according to Murfreesboro Police Department arrest reports.

During a subsequent search at the Police Department, a female officer found two bags of crack, which weighed 18.5 grams, hidden in Harper’s buttocks.

In total, the 20.5 grams of crack, which is refined cocaine in a crystalline rock form, has an estimated street value of $3,000.

Both have since been charged with felony possession of a Schedule II substance with the intent to sale. Watkins has also been charged with possession of a Schedule VI substance in connection with the marijuana found during the traffic stop.

Watkins and Harper are scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing in the case Wednesday, Dec. 12, in Rutherford County General Sessions Court.

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