FPD Seeking Crime Couple; Pair used stolen identities & credit cards across Middle Tennessee

Franklin, TN – Franklin Police are seeking the identity of two suspects wanted in multiple theft and credit card fraud cases throughout Middle Tennessee, including Franklin.

On 08/01/2014 and again on 08/23/2014, Rene Hernandez, a Hispanic male, and Hilda Mendez, a Hispanic female, used fraudulently obtained credit cards to purchase more than $1,000 in merchandise at the Cool Springs Walmart and Target.

Both suspects are wanted for Fraudulent use of a Credit Card, and Identity Theft. Investigators believe that the suspects could currently be in the Miami, Florida area. Information that leads to their arrest is worth up to $1,000 with a simple call to 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


Rene Hernandez | Date of Birth: 05/09/1959 | 249 Brookridge Trail Nashville, TN 37211


Hilda V. Mendez | Date of Birth: 07/30/1964 | 249 Brookridge Trail Nashville, TN 37211

Franklin Police K9 Teams Win Top Honors; Awards include 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, overall

Franklin, TN – The FPD’s K9 Unit took top United States Police Canine Association honors this week. Twenty-five area teams from across Middle Tennessee competed at the Region-13 Field Trials, hosted by Metro Police.

Officer Brett Spivy and his partner, Axel:
Spivy, Brett and Axel.
Regional Champions; 1st Place in Obedience;
1st Place in Total Search;
1st Place in Criminal Apprehension;
and the Jimmy D. Anderson Award for the highest combined scores in Obedience and Criminal Apprehension

Sergeant Aaron Compton and his partner, Thor:
Aaron Compton and Thor.
Region’s Runner-Up;
2nd Place in Obedience;
and 3rd Place in Total Search

Officer Danny Thornton and his partner, Jager:
JagerThornton, Daniel
1st Place in Agility;
2nd Place in Total Search;
3rd Place in Obedience;
and 3rd Place, Overall




Williamson County Man Arrested on Child Porn Charges

NASHVILLE – An investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has resulted in the arrest of a Williamson County man charged with sexual exploitation of a minor.

TBI Special Agents began an investigation on June 29th, acting on information from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that several possible child pornography files were uploaded to a specific Google email account. Agents were able to trace the IP address to a subscriber who lives at 11th Avenue North in Franklin, TN.

Last night, Joshua David Harris, 37, was arrested by TBI agents and charged with two counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor. He was booked in the Williamson County Criminal Justice Center where he is being held on a $250,000 bond.

Joshua Harris

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Prostitution Arrests Follow Franklin Massage Parlor Investigation; Chief: We will continue making Franklin extremely uncomfortable for them, and their criminal clientele

20140924_112237_1Franklin, TN – Two Franklin massage parlor employees are behind bars on prostitution, and other charges, after Franklin Police executed search warrants at a Franklin business and home.

Shortly after 10 this morning, police raided the Golden Butterfly Spa, situated between a dry cleaner and dentist office20140924_112256_1, in the strip mall at 100 Cool Springs Boulevard. This, following an investigation into the location where illegal sex acts were being blatantly bought and sold.

A citizen complaint, reporting “shady practices” at the location, caused police to look closer. During a three-month investigation, detectives uncovered evidence that men were trading money for sex acts in the business, operating under the ruse of a legitimate spa.

A second search warrant was executed at the suspects’ residence, where additional evidence was collected. Investigators also seized a 2013 Mercedes SUV that was being used in furtherance of this criminal enterprise.

“Franklin is a special place,” said Chief Deborah Faulkner. “We are simply not going to allow these types of ruse businesses to operate here. We will continue making Franklin an extremely uncomfortable place for them, and their criminal clientele.”

Luwen Yuan Date of Birth: 06/13/1986 1101 Downs Blvd #C-103 Franklin, TN 37064

Luwen Yuan
Date of Birth: 06/13/1986
1101 Downs Blvd #C-103
Franklin, TN 37064

Ping Cao Date of Birth: 02/17/1961 1101 Downs Blvd #C-103 Franklin, TN 37064

Ping Cao
Date of Birth: 02/17/1961
1101 Downs Blvd #C-103
Franklin, TN 37064

The Golden Butterfly

Luwen Yuan, charged with Prostitution, Promoting Prostitution, and Massage or Exposure of Erogenous Areas is being held on a $6,000 bond. Ping Cao – her mother, charged with Promoting Prostitution, is being held on a $5,000 bond. Detectives strongly anticipate filing additional charges in connection with this investigation.

Metro Police and Homeland Security Investigations assisted in today’s operation.

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


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Franklin PD Seeking Indiana Fraud Suspect; Up to $1k for information to Crime Stoppers: (615) 794-4000

UPDATE: 09/29/2014: Maxine Rose Roberts is in police custody, in Naperville, IL, and awaiting extradition to Franklin. The FPD is still trying to identify the black male, also featured in this release. 

Maxine Rose Roberts Date of Birth: 08/16/1992 Last known residence: Hammond, Indiana

Maxine Rose Roberts
Date of Birth: 08/16/1992
Last known residence:
Hammond, Indiana

September 24, 2014: Franklin, TN – Franklin Police are asking for the public’s help with locating 22-year-old Maxine Roberts. Investigators have identified Roberts as the Indiana woman who stole a Wisconsin resident’s identity, and then used it to open a line of credit at a Franklin Lowe’s – running up more than $2,000 in fraudulent charges. Roberts is currently wanted by Franklin Police for Identity Theft and Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card.  It is unknown if Roberts, from the Hammond, Indiana area, is still in Middle Tennessee.  Surv


An unidentified black male accompanied Roberts during the commission of her crime. The two left in a white Nissan Altima. If you have information about Roberts’ whereabouts, or the man that she was with, that information is worth up to $1,000 with one simple, anonymous call to 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

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Police Put Parents at Ease After Jeep Driver Comes Forward, Explains Misunderstanding; No abduction attempt

Franklin, TN – A man came forward this evening, saying that he was the man we were looking for. The Good Samaritan, a resident of that same apartment complex, said that after seeing the little girl alone in the parking lot, he became concerned for her safety and encouraged her to move to the grass.
The FPD is relieved to share this new information with residents, and commends the Jeep’s owner, and local dad, for coming forward to help close this case, of misunderstanding.
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Police Warn Parents of Possible Abduction Attempt; Man in Jeep approached girl at local apartment complex

Franklin, TN – Franklin Police are investigating a possible abduction attempt of a six-year-old girl from an apartment complex. At 5:18pm, officers were FPD Badgedispatched to the 300 block of North Royal Oaks Boulevard after parents reported the incident.

The child was reportedly outside, with a parent nearby, when a white male with dark hair, driving an all-white hard-top Jeep Wrangler, approached the child and offered her a ride. When the child walked away towards her mother, the man left the area.

While there is no way to concretely know the man’s intentions, the Franklin Police Department takes its responsibilities to protect children and inform the public very seriously. Our hope is, if this man had no ill-intentions, that he come forward and allow us to put the community at ease. Parents are encouraged to use this as an opportunity to talk to their children about stranger danger. Anyone with information is urged to contact Franklin Police.

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Franklin Police Receive $50k to Crack Down on Drunk Drivers; Lose your license, lose your freedom, lose your life

Franklin, TN – Franklin’s growing community just got a little safer, except for drunk drivers. The Governor’s Highway Safety Office recently awarded Beer, Keys and Handcuffs - Drunk Driving ConceptFranklin Police $50,000 to use for anti-DUI initiatives including DUI checkpoints, saturation patrols, training, and equipment.

In 2013, there were 6,699 known alcohol-related traffic crashes in Tennessee. Nationally, one in three traffic fatalities are a result of an alcohol-impaired-driving crash. “These deaths are preventable,” said Chief Deborah Faulkner. “Driving impaired is not an error in judgment, it’s a choice. Impaired drivers who selfishly risk the safety of Franklin residents will be arrested, period.”

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Four Injured After Impaired Driver Hits Tree; Drive Drunk, Get Nailed

Brittney Jo Ann Carroll Date of Birth: 06/08/1988 126 Lenox Drive Columbia, TN 38401

Brittney Jo Ann Carroll
Date of Birth: 06/08/1988
126 Lenox Drive
Columbia, TN 38401

Franklin, TN – A Columbia woman charged with DUI is free on bond following a Sunday morning crash that injured her, and three other people. On 09/14/2014 at 5:30am, an officer who was dispatched to the scene found the car, driven by 26-year-old Brittney Carroll, in a median on Carothers Parkway near Bakers Bridge Avenue, where it had crashed into a tree. The officer determined Carroll to be under the influence, and arrested her. Carroll, charged with DUI and Violation of the Implied Consent Law, is free on a $1,500 bond. She is due in court on 10/02/2014 at 1:00pm. Thankfully, no one in the car was seriously injured.

Impaired driving related crashes constitute one of the nation’s leading health problems. Impairment is a factor in 33% of all crashes in the United States and these events result in more deaths a year than homicides.

Drive Drunk, Get Nailed
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Is your child in the right car seat?  Find out this Friday or Saturday; Franklin Fire and Police mark Child Passenger Safety Week with two free events

CPS-StackingRings 8.5X11_national.inddFranklin, TN – Is your child in the right car seat?  In honor of Child Passenger Safety Week, Franklin Fire and Police have planned two free car seat check-up events to help you find out.

The first event will take place Friday, September 19 at Franklin Fire Station 4, 2039 Fieldstone Parkway, from 2 – 4 p.m.  The second event will take place Saturday, September 20 at Franklin Fire Station 2, 907 Murfreesboro Road, from 9 – 11 a.m.  Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians from Franklin Fire and Police will be on hand at both events.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car crashes are a leading cause of death for children one to 13 years old. Many times deaths and injuries can be prevented by proper use of car seats, boosters, and seat belts.

If you can’t make it to one of the events call (615) 791-3270 to schedule an appointment.

(Release by Franklin FD’s Jamie Melton)