Suspect charged following investigation into Franklin fitness center disturbance

Johnny D. Roscoe, 34 Fairview, Tennessee

Johnny D. Roscoe, 34
Fairview, Tennessee

On the morning of 06/17/2016, officers were summoned to the fitness center on Shingle Way, after staff called to report a man creating a disturbance inside. Responding officers became concerned that the subject was experiencing a mental health emergency, and requested medical assistance. The subject was transported by ambulance, under police escort, to the hospital for a comprehensive mental health evaluation, and subsequently admitted. On Sunday, the subject was transferred to Middle Tennessee Mental Health, where staff there evaluated and released him, later that same day.

Franklin Police conducted an in-depth interview of the subject after information was received that the subject mentioned he was planning to join a terrorist organization. During the interview, police thoroughly questioned the man regarding his statement, and disturbing posts that he made on social media. Federal authorities also questioned the subject.

Officers who responded to the original call at the fitness center continued their investigation, conducting multiple interviews, and found probable cause that the subject, Johnny Roscoe, committed an assault by intimidation against an individual at the fitness center during the original disturbance. The officer’s affidavit indicates that, “Mr. Roscoe became irate, raising his voice and cursing. Mr. Roscoe stepped toward [the victim] telling her that he was from the Middle East and an ISIS Muslim. Mr. Roscoe raised his right hand forming what appeared to be a pistol and made two gunshot sounds while looking directly at [the victim].

The warrant charging Roscoe with Assault was obtained last night, and immediately served at his residence. Roscoe is being held in the Williamson County Jail on the $10,000 bond set by the Magistrate.

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