A Franklin man was released from jail earlier today after posting bond on several serious felony charges stemming from an incident in Franklin’s Westhaven Subdivision, Friday.
On 07/24/2015 at 9:20 pm, officers were summoned to the subdivision’s basketball courts, located at 401 Cheltenham Avenue, after several airsoft pellets were fired into a crowd from a passing vehicle. FPD Flex Unit Officers who were in the area stopped the suspect vehicle moments later. Inside they found an AR-15 replica airsoft gun and several magazines. The driver, 18-year-old Caleb Starnes, and his juvenile passenger were both arrested and charged with four counts of Aggravated Assault and four counts of Reckless Endangerment.
Starnes, who was also charged with Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, was released today after posting a $100,000 bond. He is due in court on 08/06/2015 at 1:00 pm. Information on the juvenile suspect is being withheld in accordance with TN law.
Four juveniles were struck by airsoft pellets during the incident. None of them were seriously injured. Some airsoft guns are extremely realistic looking. In fact, it is nearly impossible to tell the difference between some airsofts and a real firearm. Airsoft guns should never be pointed or shot at anyone, and doing so can obviously result in very serious criminal charges.