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Customer accused of attacking employee with knife at Madison mobile phone store

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – An irate customer at a Madison store jumped onto a counter and threw a knife at an employee after the worker tried to help others while the customer was on the phone, under an arrest warrant.

Subway Police responded to a call for an armed person around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Cricket Wireless on Gallatin Pike South near Old Hickory Boulevard.

Jesse Gatlin (Courtesy of Metro Nashville Police Department)

A warrant says officers spoke with a store employee, who said he helped 59-year-old Jesse Gatlin. When Gatlin answered his phone during the interaction, the employee began trying to help other customers, according to the police report.

Gatlin got angry, jumped on the counter and yelled at the worker, the warrant says. As the employee attempted to escort Gatlin outside, the report alleges Gatlin pulled a knife from his pocket and began swinging it at the worker.

When the police arrived, they arrested Gatlin for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He was taken to Metro Jail on Wednesday night, where he was held on $30,000 bond.