Franklin home invasion suspects in custody after mid-morning robbery
Suspects wanted in a Franklin home invasion this morning in the Ladd Park neighborhood are now in custody after an alert Williamson County Sheriff’s detective reacted quickly to seeing the suspected vehicle.
At 10 a.m. this morning, Franklin police officers were dispatched to 138 Grigsby Drive in The Highlands at Ladd Park in response to a resident’s call that a home invasion that had just occurred, according to Franklin Police Sgt. Charles Warner.
A male resident at the home was getting out of the shower when he was surprised by a suspect who held him at gunpoint as others began to tie him up, Warner said in a release.
The three men and a woman then stole several guns, a television and other items before fleeing the home.
After the suspects left, the resident was able to go to a neighbor’s home for help.
A Williamson County detective spotted suspects matching the description provided by the victim in a white van traveling north on I-65 in Brentwood.
The driver led Brentwood police and the Williamson County detective on a pursuit into south Nashville.
Officers from the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, Brentwood and Metro-Nashville police departments took four suspects into custody after the van crashed at the Prestige Pointe Apartments, 200 Paragon Mills Road.
A fifth fleeing occupant of that van remains at-large.
Franklin Police Chief David Rahinsky credited the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, Brentwood, and Metro Police for the quick capture. “Williamson County Detective Amy Cole was paying close attention to police radio traffic, and was able to quickly spot the suspects,” Rahinsky said.
“Brentwood police provided her with immediate assistance as the suspects began to flee on I-65. Metro’s police helicopter pilot John McVey provided air support, helping to track the vehicle and suspects who fled on foot after the crash. What a great example of inter-agency teamwork.”
There are also reports that students at a Nashville elementary school were placed on lockdown as a precaution to the suspect’s proximity to the school.
Items from the Franklin home invasion were discovered in the suspect vehicle, and the suspects are now in Franklin police custody.
More information will be released, as investigators move forward on the active case, Warner said.
Posted on: 2/26/2014