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Added Feb 18 2018

CRIME & SAFETY ALERT: There have been a series of unusual and concerning armed robberies in the Bellevue & Green Hills area over the last week. As District 34 is served by both the Midtown Hills Police Precinct (east of Hillsboro Pike) and the West Police Precinct (west of Hillsboro Pike), I am combining tips and information from both into this post. The West Precinct’s annual community meeting will be on Monday, February 26 at 6:30 PM at the West Precinct at 5500 Charlotte Pike. Councilman Pulley will also have added time for questions with MNPD at his previously scheduled District 25 meeting on February 21st at 5:00 PM at the Hillsboro High School Library. From Sgt. Steve Linn of Metro’s West Police Precinct: “Chief Steve Anderson ordered the formation of a multi-component task force to interdict what may be two separate groups of armed teenagers responsible for auto thefts, violent carjackings and personal robberies in various parts of the city over the past several days. The task force will deploy both overt and covert strategies.” “Nashville and its police department will not tolerate the violent gun crime being exhibited by these teens,” Chief Anderson said. “While we ramp up enforcement strategies, it is time for parents, extended families and other stakeholders to take notice of what is occurring and do their part to stop it.” West Precinct detectives this afternoon are charging Isaiah Lewis, 16, with Wednesday night’s robbery of a 22-year-old female Crestmoor Road salon employee who was confronted while taking out the trash at 8:25 p.m. by two armed black teenagers. They demanded her belongings and pistol whipped her when she refused. Lewis is also being charged with two counts of aggravated robbery by East Precinct detectives. He is accused of taking part in the 8:50 p.m. robbery of a woman at N. 12th Street and Forrest Avenue as she was getting into her vehicle. He is also charged with the 9:25 p.m. robbery of a woman in the 3900 block of Gallatin Pike as she was walking to her car. Lewis was apprehended at 3 a.m. today after Madison Precinct officers saw a stolen Honda Accord in the area of 310 Old Hickory Boulevard. Five teenagers were in the car and fled in multiple directions when they saw police. Officers gave chase and set up a perimeter. Lewis was taken into custody. The other four were not located. A pistol was left in the Honda as well as potential evidence from area robbery cases. Investigations are continuing into three other cases in the Green Hills and surrounding areas last night, including the shooting of a 32-year-old man outside the Green Hills Library on Benham Avenue at 7 p.m. That victim reported that he was approached by two armed black teenagers who demanded his property. He complied, yet was shot in the upper abdomen. The victim’s wife said he frequently went to the library to study. At 8 p.m., a 29-year-old man was robbed by two teenagers with guns as he walked along Horton Avenue near Capers Avenue. After getting his belongings, the teens fled on foot. At 8:35 p.m., two victims, a man and woman, ages 25 and 28, were walking on Benton Avenue when they were approached from behind by two gun-carrying teens with similar descriptions who demanded their belongings. They complied and the teens fled from them on foot. While detectives work to identify all of the teens involved in the rash of robberies, officers throughout the city continue to be on the lookout for 14-year-old Rico Ransom, the suspected shooter in last Friday afternoon’s wounding of Demario Crowder across from Pearl Cohn High School. A Juvenile Court arrest order in relation to an outstanding charge of attempted murder has been issued. Anyone seeing Ransom or knowing where he is staying is asked to immediately contact 615-742-7463 or 615-862-8600. Detectives believe Ransom has at least loose ties to one of the robbery groups. West Precinct detectives are also continuing the investigation into Monday’s shooting of a 26-year-old man during an attempted robbery on Highway 100 at Old Hickory Boulevard, and whether it is related to the other robberies. In that case, the victim’s car was struck from behind by a dark gray sedan. When the victim got out to check on the damage, the gunman, described as a black teenager, got out of the passenger side of the gray car and demanded his belongings. It appears the victim was shot as he attempted to push away from the gunman. The police department has become increasingly concerned at the actions and attitudes of suspected teenage criminals. At 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, a 15-year-old who was preparing to gas up a car that was taken earlier this month in an armed carjacking attempted to draw a fully loaded .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol on an approaching East Precinct Flex officer. The officer struggled with the 15-year-old over the gun, ultimately gaining control of it. The teen ran and was apprehended a short time later by another officer. The 15-year-old and a 17-year-old who remained in the passenger seat of the car remain under investigation in regard to other crimes. From West Precinct: “We understand the growing concern in the community. As always, we ask that community members adhere to the following recommendations: · Pay attention to your surroundings when going to or exiting your parked vehicle. · If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, and do not feel safe in exiting your vehicle, contact 911 immediately. · If you see individuals or activity that you believe are suspicious, please contact the Emergency Communication Center at 615-862-8600 immediately.” From Midtown Hills Precinct: “MNPD will always encourage citizens to Park Smart (this includes locking your vehicle's doors and rolling up the windows AT ALL TIMES, removing ALL items out of sight from your vehicle (including grocery store bags, loose change, phone chargers, jackets, backpacks, etc), take spare keys & handguns into your home, and NEVER leave your vehicle running unattended or with the doors open while you are away from it.” “Be mindful that while waiting for a ride share service (if you are outside) or walking/running please be vigilant. Put your phone down, take your headphones out and focus on your surroundings even if you are with someone. NEVER walk in unlit areas if someone or something makes you feel uneasy, leave the area.” The Council Members of the Green Hills and Bellevue area appreciate that MNPD is intently engaged to address this recent rash of youth crime. Please encourage your neighbors to remain vigilant and stay posted to local news sources for updates from MNPD.

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February 18, 2018

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