Parking Garage Auto Burglar Arrested, Held; Police credit citizen information, and fast-on-his-feet officer with quick capture

Adam T. Fekete 12/23/1995 115 Thompson Alley Franklin, TN 37064

Adam T. Fekete
115 Thompson Alley
Franklin, TN 37064

Franklin, TN – An auto burglary suspect, caught red-handed by police, remains behind bars this weekend. At 8:50 Wednesday night, a citizen flagged down an officer patrolling the downtown area and reported a suspicious man lurking in the Fourth Avenue parking garage. When the officer checked, he saw the suspect standing next to a parked car, wearing a glove. As the officer approached to question the suspect, he threw several items to the ground and ran – but didn’t get far. After a short foot-chase, Officer Tim Damm caught up to the suspect, and arrested him.

The suspect had burglarized at least two unlocked vehicles, stealing money, duffle bags, jewelry, and sunglasses. Officers immediately recovered most of the stolen property.

Adam Fekete, 18, of Franklin, remains jailed on a $20,500 bond. Charged with two counts of Auto Burglary and Resisting Arrest, Fekete is due in court 09/18/2014 at 1:00pm. Police credit the citizen who alerted the officer to Fekete’s suspicious behavior in the garage.

Investigators have determined that Fekete was the same suspect who fled after an auto burglary in that same garage on August 5. Additional charges against him are forthcoming.




Doughnut Fundraiser Results Are In; More than $7k raised for new safety equipment

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Franklin, TN – During a show last night at the Grand Ole Opry, the Spirit of Blue Foundation presented a safety equipment grant to the Franklin Police Department. The grant will be used to purchase 17 new helmets for SWAT.

Funds were raised in conjunction with Krispy Kreme Doughnuts at their five store locations in the Greater Nashville area. The grant was formally presented to the Franklin Police Department during a special law enforcement appreciation segment on the stage of the Opry on August 19th. Craig Morgan, the Spirit of Blue’s celebrity spokesperson, performed during the segment and participated in the presentation of the grant.

Franklin Police Chief Deborah Faulkner, SWAT Commander Brian Woodward, and Officer Rachel Gober joined Morgan on stage to receive the grant made possible by the fundraiser. “We are so grateful to Spirit of Blue, their partners, and everyone who so generously made this possible,” said Chief Faulkner. “With this grant, we will increase the level of safety for the men and women our community depends on for protection. Keeping those police officers safe is important to a lot of people, especially the families who wait for them to come home every night.”

The Spirit of Blue Foundation is a 501©3 non-profit organization dedicated to the enhancement of officer safety and vitality throughout the law enforcement community by promoting public awareness for their protection and fulfilling safety and equipment needs.



Franklin PD Seeking Felons in a Recent Theft: Cash for tips with Crime Stoppers: 794-4000

Franklin, TN – The FPD needs your help catching four criminals. Four crooks are wanted for an August 18th theft from JC Penney, 1800 Galleria Blvd. They stole approximately 60-70 bottles of cologne/perfume valued at $7908 from the Sephora section of the store. The three females were caught on video placing the bottles into their large purses.

If you know who these suspects are, you can turn information into a cash reward of up to $1,000 by calling Crime Stoppers: (615) 794-4000.

To send an anonymous tip to Franklin Police, text the keyword 615FPD, along with your message to 847411 (Tip411), or call Franklin Police at (615) 794-2513


Franklin PD Seeking Felons in Recent Retail Theft; Cash for tips with Crime Stoppers: 794-4000

Franklin, TN – The FPD is having so much success with tips from the public that identify ‘caught-on-camera crooks,’ that we hope you can do it again, Franklin.

These men are wanted for an August 13 felony theft from Kohl’s, 300 Spring Creek Drive. The two stole a Dyson Vacuum and clothing, valued at more than $800, before making their getaway in a red Ford Excursion. That Excursion has damage to its right front bumper, and has dark tinted windows. The pair is wanted for a similar theft at the Kohl’s in Smyrna, the day before.

If you know who these suspects are, you can turn information into a cash reward of up to $1,000 by calling Crime Stoppers: (615) 794-4000.

To send an anonymous tip to Franklin Police, text the keyword 615FPD, along with your message to 847411 (Tip411), or call Franklin Police at (615) 794-2513




Franklin Man Held Following Violent Domestic; Charged, also, with preventing woman’s call to 911 for help

Jesus Perez-Ayala Date of Birth: 11/24/1982 1101 Downs Blvd #77 Franklin, TN 37064

Jesus Perez-Ayala
Date of Birth: 11/24/1982
1101 Downs Blvd #77
Franklin, TN 37064

Franklin, TN – This morning, a Franklin man remains behind bars on serious charges following a domestic disturbance last night. At 11:56pm, officers on the street were flagged down to help a woman that had been beaten, and her baby. The 21-year-old victim was assaulted by her husband, Jesus Perez-Ayala, inside of their Downs Boulevard apartment.

During the assault, Ayala threw the victim down and choked her until she lost consciousness; he stepped on her chest, and hit her in the face with his elbow. Ayala continued the assault by striking the woman in the face and leg with a belt, all while the couple’s six-day old baby lay in the bed the mother was being assaulted on. During the assault, Ayala broke the woman’s cell phone to prevent her from calling for help – a crime in Tennessee. The victim was able to escape with her baby. After being unable to wake neighbors for help, she ran to an apartment community several miles away. The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment.

Ayala, arrested a short time later, remains in custody at the Williamson County Jail on a $25,000 bond. Charged with Aggravated (felony) Assault, and Preventing a 911 Call, Ayala is due in court September 11, 2014 at 1:00pm.

Visit the Franklin Police Department’s website for information on how to get help and protection from domestic violence.
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Driver’s Identity Released, and Updated Detour Information

Thanks to the hard work of multiple public and private entities, I-65 is once again flowing in both directions following Friday’s deadly crash and tanker explosion.

The Peytonsville Road overpass has been demolished and will have to be completely rebuilt. Local detour Information for motorists affected by the bridge outage has been updated at

Our thoughts and prayers remain with the family of 67-year-old Bobby Bobo of Columbia who tragically lost his life in the crash.

Tragic I-65 Tanker Explosion and Fatality Leave Franklin with Traffic Challenges; Updated information, and detour advisory from City, County, and State officials

IMG_20140815_060417650Franklin, TN – Travel on I-65, and roadways throughout the Franklin area, remain congested this afternoon following a 3:40am crash that claimed the life of the driver. For reasons unknown, the tanker truck, owned by Edwards Oil Co. of Lawrenceburg, Inc., struck an overpass support column on I-65S at Peytonsville Road, and burst into flames. The driver, whose identity is being withheld pending forensic identification, is believed to have been traveling at Interstate speeds at the time of the crash.

Approximately 36 minutes prior to the crash, the truck had left a West Nashville terminal with 9,000 gallons of gasoline, destined for Columbia, TN. The Franklin Police Department’s Critical Incident response team is investigating. Because of the complexity of the scene, the results of the investigation will not be available immediately.

Firefighters were able to extinguish the gasoline-fueled blaze within 30 minutes of ignition. Responders from City, County, State, and Federal government, along with private companies worked together to bring this morning’s unfortunate situation quickly under control.

The impact, combined with the intense heat, caused structural damage to the overpass that has required its closure and forthcoming demolition.

All northbound lanes of I-65 at Peytonsville Road are currently open. The potential danger that the damaged bridge poses to motorists, however, is forcing southbound traffic to exit at Peytonsville Road, and then re-enter the Interstate, in order to avoid traveling under the damaged portion of the bridge.

Beginning at 6am on Saturday, TDOT will demolish the existing Peytonsville Road overpass. This will require us to detour north and southbound I-65 traffic onto Peytonsville Road. Motorists will be forced to exit, and then re-enter the Interstate via the onramps to avoid crossing under the damaged bridge. TDOT anticipates this detour being in effect through 2pm Monday. The newly constructed bridge, not yet in service, will also have to be demolished and replaced. The timeframe for that work has not yet been determined.

The City, in partnership with the County, is establishing an emergency response staging area at the County Agricultural Center to ensure prompt emergency services to citizens on the Southeast side of the City. Equipment and personnel from Franklin Police, Franklin Fire, and Williamson County EMS will be located there.

Schools are urging parents to consider putting the children on school buses, rather than driving them to and from school, to help alleviate traffic in and around school zones during the re-construction of the Peytonsville Road overpass. Franklin Police are working with County and State law enforcement to increase police presence on routes to area schools during peak hours. Employers with the ability to flex employee hours to relieve some of the expected I-65 and detour route commuter congestion are asked to consider doing so, if possible. Alternate route and other information regarding this ongoing situation can be found at and Other official sources of information include @FranklinTNPD, @CityofFranklin and @FranklinTraffic on Twitter.

Franklin officials extend their heartfelt condolences to the family and friends for the loss of their loved one during this tragic event.

I-65 at Goose Creek Closure Detour – 8-15-14

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