$25,000 Reward to Catch 1991 Franklin Killer

The reward for information leading us to Peggy Cox’s 1991 killer is now up to $25,000, after the FBI added an additional $5k, today.

From FBI.gov:

The Franklin Police Department and the FBI are, once again, asking for the public’s help in solving the 1991 murder of a 49-year-old mother who was shot and killed by an unknown assailant or assailants while on the job at a Franklin restaurant. The Bureau just increased its reward in the case to $15,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for the murder.

On February 1, 1991, Peggy Cox was on duty at her drive-through station at a Hardee’s restaurant in Franklin. At approximately 11:45 p.m., she took an order from a customer; when the vehicle drove up to the window, she was shot with a small caliber handgun. She was discovered lying near the drive-through window by a co-worker—her 20-year-old son—who had heard the gunshots. Cox was taken to the hospital, where she died of a single gunshot wound to her neck. Detectives from the Franklin Police Department conducted an extensive investigation but were unable to identify a suspect or a motive, and, over time, the case went cold.

Twenty years later, in 2011, the case was reopened and assigned to a Franklin Police Department detective who is part of a Bureau task force operating out of the Nashville Resident Agency of our Memphis Field Office. The FBI began providing assistance in the case and, in 2014, initially offered a reward of $10,000. It’s our hope that this latest public push by law enforcement in the case leads to someone coming forward with a key piece of information or evidence that results in justice for Peggy Cox and closure for her three children.

Those with any information concerning the murder of Peggy Cox should contact the Franklin Police Department’s Catch Peggy’s Killer Tipline at (615) 550-8404.

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New development in 2 Franklin armed robberies; Photo of suspects using victim’s debit card released

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The hunt for two gunmen who committed two armed robberies of women in Franklin on 04/09/2015 continues.

Four days after the robbery, investigators released downtown-area surveillance videos of persons of interest. The latest development in this case is this surveillance photo of two suspects in light-colored clothing using a debit card stolen from one of the victims. The photo is from a store in South Nashville. A $5,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the identification and arrest of the suspects, who got away in a small maroon SUV.

Call (615) 794-2513 if you know who these men are or have
information about the robberies


Afternoon burglary suspect of occupied Liberty Hills home in custody

David “Alastair” Center Date of Birth: 11/23/1985 1332 General George Patton Rd. Nashville, TN 37221

David “Alastair” Center
Date of Birth: 11/23/1985
1332 General George Patton Rd.
Nashville, TN 37221

Franklin Police have positively identified the suspect in last Thursday afternoon’s burglary, where a young boy and his grandmother were inside of the home the suspect broke into. Shortly after 4pm, the child reported that he was inside of the home in the 3000 block of Liberty Hills Drive with his disabled grandmother, and that someone was breaking into the house. After the suspect gained entry and realized that someone was home, he fled in a red Jeep Cherokee.

Two days later, a citizen tip led Metro Police to 29-year-old serial burglary suspect David Center after he broke into a home on Sawyer Brown Road in Nashville. A neighbor reported seeing Center run from the residence late that afternoon, and drive off in a Jeep Cherokee. Officers located Center a short time later. During an interview, Center admitted to the burglary. He said he was looking for prescription medication. Metro Police charged Center in three break-ins; he is suspected in four others.

0ad07b01-193f-4e26-bacf-12d52eae48b2Franklin Detectives interviewed Center yesterday; he admitted to the burglary in Liberty Hills, and another in the 900 block of Calib Court in Franklin. Center admitted that he was the one a homeowner at another Franklin home challenged after he tried opening the homeowner’s back gate prior to committing the Liberty Hills Burglary.

Center is currently in custody in the Metro Jail, and has multiple charges pending in Franklin. Police say that news stories about the Liberty Hills burglary, and Center’s Nashville arrest were helpful in quickly identifying him as the suspect in the Franklin burglaries.

Citizen tip leads to recovery of $45,000 in Rolex watches stolen during downtown burglary

Tips Matter

A citizen tip has led to the recovery of $45,000 in Rolex watches, stolen during a downtown business burglary. On March 10, the owner of Jack Yacoubian Jewelers reported that his business at 114 3rd Avenue South had been broken into. The suspect broke out an alley window; once inside, he pried open a display case and stole four Rolex watches from the case.

A tip led investigators to a juvenile suspect who ultimately confessed to the burglary and surrendered the stolen watches. Burglary and Felony Theft charges have been filed against the juvenile.


Social media post that stranger approached child yesterday, false

facebook-logoA social media post made by a citizen, yesterday, suggesting that a stranger approached her child who was alone in a parked car has been determined to be false. Yesterday’s Facebook post prompted numerous calls to the Department by concerned residents, and the press. The post suggested that an unknown female tried to get the child to open the car door and go with her. Surveillance video clearly shows that no one approached the parked car the child was sitting in between the time the mother left and later returned to the vehicle.


Franklin Police investigating overnight robbery of a woman in Cool Springs; $5,000 reward for information

4-10-2015 10-22-41 AMThursday night at 8:25, officers were summoned to the parking lot of the theater at 633 Frazier Drive. An employee of a neighboring business had gotten off of work and was getting into her car when she was accosted from behind. The male suspect got the victim’s arm behind her back, picked her up, slammed her to the ground, and put his boot on her head announcing the robbery. The victim suffered cuts and scrapes from the attack, but was not seriously injured.

After the robbery the suspect walked to a small, dark colored compact vehicle being driven by a second subject, got in, and fled the area.

This is the third Franklin robbery of a woman in two weeks. Police are working to determine whether or not this robbery is connected to two others that occurred on 04/09/2015. A $5,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the identification and arrest of suspects connected to any of these robberies.

“We have intense investigations occurring on all three robberies,” said Chief Deborah Faulkner. “Teams are working around the clock, following every lead. The suspects in these cases are dangerous, and we are doing everything possible to take them down.”

Police encourage women not to walk to their cars alone in isolated areas or after dark, as suspects are less likely to attack groups of two or more, or in busy settings.

$5,000 Reward
Anyone with information is urged to call
Franklin Police: (615) 794-2513

Police investigating daytime break-in while residents were home; neighborhood urged to review home surveillance systems for clues

BurglaryWindowFranklin Police on the hunt for a man who broke into a home this afternoon, while a little boy and his grandmother were inside.

At 4:02 pm, officers were summoned to the 3000 block of Liberty Hills Drive after a call came in from a little boy saying that someone was breaking into his house. After knocking on the front door and not getting an answer, the suspect walked around the back of the house and broke in. The child hid and called his mother, who then called police. The boy’s disabled grandmother lay helplessly in bed while the intruder was inside. When the suspect realized that the home was occupied, he fled. Neither the little boy nor his grandmother were injured during the burglary.

Police are seeking a red-headed white male with a buzz-style haircut and beard, driving an older style red 4-door Jeep-type vehicle. The man’s hair is described as distinctly orange.

During a canvas of the neighborhood, officers met a man who reported challenging this same suspect after watching him try to open the gate into his back yard. The suspect quickly left the man’s yard, just prior to breaking into this home.

Liberty Hills area residents who have home surveillance systems may unknowingly have video that will help in this case. If you live in or near Liberty Hills, you are urged to thoroughly review home surveillance footage from this afternoon (Thursday) for anyone fitting this description, or anything else suspicious.

Here are a few tips that will help safeguard your home and family:

  • Most burglars want to avoid encountering anyone at home. Keeping a car in your driveway may discourage a burglar from even approaching.
  • If you hear someone knock at your door, don’t pretend that you are not at home. Ask who it is through the closed door. If it is a stranger, do not open the door; continue your conversation from behind a locked door. Most burglars will simply move on to another target once they realize someone is home.
  • If you have a home security system, use it. Setting the alarm, even when you’re home, provides an extra level of security from an intruder.
  • Parents: If you allow your children to be at home alone, evaluate how necessary and how safe that practice actually is. If you allow children to be alone at home, review these tips with them and teach them how to get out of the house, or hide and call for help if they find themselves in the middle of a break-in or other unanticipated emergency.

Information in this case is worth up to $1,000
with one simple, anonymous call to
Crime Stoppers: (615) 794-4000

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Dramatic overnight developments in jewelry theft case

There are several updates to a case we first told you about, yesterday.

Kelly Duncan Date of Birth: 09/04/1977

Kelly E. Duncan
Date of Birth: 09/04/1977

Since filing her initial report, the victim in this case discovered additional pieces of jewelry missing, bringing the total loss in this theft to approximately $250,000.

Last night at 8:30, officers were summoned to the Franklin home of a relative to the suspects in this case, Travis and Kelly Duncan. There, a woman who was caring for the Duncan’s baby noticed the corner of a plastic baggie sticking out of a seam on the child’s stuffed animal. Inside, two rings from this case were discovered; one valued at $150,000 and one valued at $50,000. Those rings were immediately returned to the victim, who was elated by the discovery.

Travis D. Duncan Date of Birth: 07/21/1976

Travis D. Duncan
Date of Birth: 07/21/1976

Travis Duncan, the remaining at-large suspect in this case, was captured late last night by Mt. Juliet Police. At 11:45 pm, a tip was called in to Mt. Juliet Police by someone who saw, in a TV newscast, that Duncan was wanted. Mt. Juliet Officers found Duncan at a home in the 400 block of Sunset Drive. He was taken into custody, and has now been booked into the Williamson County Jail where he is being held for Felony Theft on a $30,000 bond. Travis Duncan is due in court 05/07/2015 at 1pm.

Wife behind bars; Police searching for felon husband

*** W A N T E D *** Travis D. Duncan Date of Birth: 07/21/1976

*** W A N T E D ***
Travis D. Duncan
Date of Birth: 07/21/1976

UPDATE: Travis Duncan CAPTURED overnightmore information.

Travis Duncan, 38, of Spring Hill, is wanted in a $60,000 jewelry theft. Several pieces of jewelry were recently stolen from the Franklin home of an acquaintance Travis’ wife, Kelly, was housesitting for. Travis Duncan, a convicted felon, later pawned some of those stolen items. Travis and Kelly Duncan were both on probation at the time of this new theft.

Kelly Duncan is being held, without bond, charged with Felony Theft and Probation Violation. Travis Duncan is wanted on Felony Theft and Probation Violation charges. He is driving a maroon 2003 Ford F150 with Oklahoma tags. There may be damage to the left front fender of that truck.

Information on Travis Duncan’s whereabouts is worth up to $1,000 with one simple, anonymous call to Crime Stoppers: (615) 794-4000.

Parolee back behind bars after afternoon foot chase leads to felony drug arrest

Barry D. Harris Date of Birth: 06/07/1986 107 Partnership Circle Franklin, TN 37064

Barry D. Harris
Date of Birth: 06/07/1986
107 Partnership Circle
Franklin, TN 37064

A convicted felon, out on parole, is back behind bars and drugs are off the street following a foot chase this afternoon.

At 12:30, a Franklin Police Flex Team Officer spotted the suspect leaving a public housing apartment on West Meade Boulevard. That suspect, Barry Harris, is on the Public Housing ban list. When officers approached Harris, he fled on foot and began throwing crack cocaine and marijuana to the ground. Officers quickly captured Harris and recovered his drugs.

Barry Harris is being held in the Williamson County Jail on a $30,000 bond, charged with Drug Possession for Resale, Evading Arrest, Resisting Arrest, Simple Possession, and Trespassing. Harris is a convicted felon with a lengthy and violent criminal history that includes weapon and drug charges. Proceedings will now begin to revoke his parole and return him to prison.