Franklin Police Investigating Armed Robbery; Cash reward of $5,000 for information: (615) 794-2513

Franklin Police are investigating an armed robbery that happened at a condominium community during the overnight hours. At 10:30 Monday night, officers were summoned to the complex at 1101 Downs Boulevard after two men robbed a resident at gunpoint in the parking lot.

The male victim was arriving home when two men approached him after he had parked and gotten out of his vehicle. Both suspects displayed handguns and announced the robbery. The victim complied, and the suspects fled on foot with the victim’s valuables. Both suspects are young black males.

Franklin Police are offering a $5,000 cash reward for information
leading to the identification and capture of the suspects.
Anyone with information is urged to call Franklin Police: (615) 794-2513.

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Blue Star Flag Lowered as FPD Welcomes One of Their Own, Home

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Officer Leigh Ann Hester and Chief Deborah Faulkner, EdD

At a special ceremony this morning on the Plaza at Franklin Police Headquarters, a Franklin Police Honor Guard lowered the Blue Star Flag, which honors active duty military members serving during a period of war or hostilities. The flag has flown in front of Franklin Police Headquarters in honor of Officer Leigh Ann Hester, who recently returned home from an 18-month deployment in Afghanistan. The deployment was Hester’s third since 2004.

Officer Hester is a Sergeant First Class in the Army National Guard, and was assigned to the 269th Military Police Company. She is a highly distinguished Silver Star recipient; in fact, Hester is the first woman soldier to receive the Silver Star for direct combat action.

“Being a police officer is rewarding, and I can’t imagine doing anything other than being a soldier and a cop; I love both,” said Hester. “I’m glad to be home, and am honored to serve our Country, and Franklin.”

At a ceremony attended by fellow officers, City Administrator Eric Stuckey, and Dr. Ken Moore – Franklin’s Mayor, Chief Deborah Faulkner presented the Blue Star Flag to Officer Hester and welcomed her back home, to the FPD. “We’re family,” said Chief Faulkner. “We are happy to have Officer Hester home safe, and so proud of her service, to our Country, and community.”

 More than 30% of the Franklin Police Department is made up of US Military Veterans.

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Press, Crime Stoppers cash, & community credited with shoplifter ID and arrest

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Franklin Police credit the press, Crime Stoppers, and the community for the identification and arrest of Reed Alan Ammons. On 07/24/2015, the Department released video of an unidentified man stealing from Target. A Crime Stoppers tip led to the identification of the man in the tape as Ammons.

Reed Ammons was arrested last week. Charged with Theft, Ammons is free on a $5,000 bond; he is due in court 08/20/2015 at 1:00pm.

Security surveillance, cash rewards, and an engaged community leave criminals with nowhere to hide. The Department is thankful when all of these things work together to identify criminals, and bring them to justice.

Balderas Held on $250,000 Bond, Charged with Aggravated Statutory Rape

Silvestre Orpeza-Balderas Date of Birth: 08/12/1980 801 Del Rio Pike, O-1 Franklin, TN 37064

Silvestre Orpeza-Balderas
Date of Birth: 08/12/1980
801 Del Rio Pike, O-1
Franklin, TN 37064

Silvestre Orpeza-Balderas of Franklin remains jailed this morning on a $250,000 bond. Franklin Police Detectives obtained a warrant for his arrest, Wednesday, immediately after learning that he had sex with a 13-year-old family friend; Balderas is 35.

After Balderas suspected that he was being sought by police, he turned off his phone, abandoned his apartment, and failed to show up for work. This prompted Franklin Police to publish an alert enlisting the public’s help to find Balderas, for fear that he was preparing to flee the area. The intense publicity that followed pressured Balderas into surrendering, and he unexpectedly turned himself in to Deputies at the Williamson County Courthouse yesterday afternoon.

Charged with Aggravated Statutory Rape, Balderas is due in court 08/27/2015 at 1:00pm. Additional charges may be filed in this case.

Previously wanted child predator, now in custody

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UPDATE: 08/13/2015 3:30 pm CST: Balderas surrendered himself to police a short time ago at the Williamson County Courthouse. He is now in custody. An updated booking photograph, court date, and bond information will be posted when more information becomes available.

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Previously Released: Franklin Police are seeking the whereabouts of an accused child molester, now on the run. Silvestre Orpeza-Balderas, 35, of Franklin is wanted for Aggravated Statutory Rape. Investigators have uncovered evidence that he molested a 13-year-old family friend. Balderas knows that he is wanted, and is now on the run; he may be planning to flee to Mexico. Additional charges against Balderas are forthcoming.

In an attempt to evade authorities, Balderas has abandoned his apartment at 801 Del Rio Pike, and is driving a beige mini-van with a black hood. If you have information on Balderas’ whereabouts, call Franklin Police: (615) 794-2513. If you spot him or his van, call 911.