4 In Custody, 1 Wanted In Franklin Home Invasion, Pursuit
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Four people were taken into custody Wednesday following a home invasion that led to the suspects crashing their getaway vehicle during a police pursuit. One person remains at large.
Around 10 a.m., Franklin Police were called to a home on Grigsby Road in Highlands at Ladd Park Subdivision for a reported home invasion. A man told officers he was home when he was surprised by a man who held him up at gunpoint.
"All the sudden this guy who is getting out of the shower has got four suspects in his home, holding him at gun point, tying him up," said Sgt. Charlie Warner with the Franklin Police Department.
The two men and two women then stole several guns, a television, and other items before fleeing the scene.
The man then went to a neighbor's home to call for help.
A Williamson County detective soon spotted the suspects in a white van traveling north on Interstate 65 in Brentwood.
The van led Brentwood Police and the detective on a pursuit into South Nashville, where they crashed into a fence at Prestige Points Apartments on Paragon Mills Road.
"Williamson County Detective Amy Cole was paying close attention to police radio traffic, and was able to quickly spot the suspects. Brentwood Police provided her with immediate assistance as the suspects began to flee on I-65," Franklin Police Chief David Rahinsky said in a statement. "Metro Police helicopter pilot John McVey provided tremendous air support, helping to track the vehicle and suspects who fled on foot after the crash. What a great example of inter-agency teamwork."
Police arrested 26-year-old Maurice Chapman of Nashville; 20-year-old Emily Faulkner of Murfreesboro; 26-year-old Mario Flores of Nashville; and 29-year-old Keyona Newell of Madison. They have all been charged with Aggravated Robbery. Each were held on a $250,000 bond, awaiting a court date on March 13.
Another person is still on the run, and investigators were working to identify that person.
"Obviously, the fifth subject is an armed and dangerous person; this was a home invasion were guns were used, Sgt. Warner said.
Authorities said additional charges against the suspects were likely.
During the search for those involved, nearby Paragon Mills Elementary was put on lock down.
Some items stolen during the home invasion were found inside the crashed van.
Although it's believed the suspects did not know the victim, police said the home invasion was not random. They advised neighbors not to panic. Police could not say why the homeowner was targeted.