Mitchell Oakes Wanted for Attempted Murder, Federal Weapons Charges; $7,500 reward for information on his whereabouts

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At 7:15 am, Franklin Police were summoned to NHC Cool Springs to investigate a suspicious device. Officers quickly determined that a bomb was placed in an employee’s vehicle and discovered when she was attempting to leave work. The device was sophisticated and would have caused extreme injury or death if it had detonated as intended. Franklin Police have obtained a criminal warrant for the arrest of the man initially considered a strong person of interest. Mitchell Hunter Oakes is now wanted by Franklin Police for Attempted First Degree Murder. The ATF has obtained Federal warrants for Oakes, for Unlawful Possession of an Explosive Device, and Being a Convicted Felon in Possession of a Weapon. The components of the bomb Oakes is suspected of placing will be analyzed by the ATF at their Atlanta lab.

Oakes, 41, is 6’3”, 240 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. His location is currently unknown, but he may be driving a white sedan. Oakes has ties to Franklin, Crossville, Pikeville, and Cookeville, and an intensive search for him, by Franklin Police and federal authorities, is underway. Oakes is a convicted felon with a violent history and extensive knowledge of bomb making and weapons. Oakes is considered armed and dangerous. He is currently wanted on unrelated felony charges out of Virginia.

If you see Mitchell Oakes, call 9-1-1
Franklin Police and the ATF are offering a reward
of up to $7,500 for information leading police to his whereabouts.
Call (615) 794-2513 if you know where he is

Authorities working to secure improvised explosive device at Franklin care facility; Person of interest named, $7,500 reward for information

At 7:15 am, Franklin Police Officers were summoned to NHC Cool Springs, 211 Cool Springs Boulevard, to investigate a suspicious device. Arriving officers found what appears to be a bomb inside of an employee’s car. The device was discovered by an NHC employee who was ending her shift. Officers began the immediate relocation of approximately 60 patients to other parts of the building. Franklin Fire Department, Williamson County’s EMS, Emergency Management, and Sheriff’s Office all responded to assist. Bomb Specialists from the THP, ATF, and FBI are on-scene working to safeguard the device. There are approximately 220 patients in the facility; all have been moved to safe portions of the facility, which is currently closed to the public.

suspectFranklin Police have identified Mitchell Hunter Oakes as a person of interest in this case. Oakes is 6’3”, 240 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. The vehicle he may be driving is currently unknown. Oakes may have ties to Crossville, Pikeville, and Cookeville. Oakes is a convicted felon with a violent history and extensive knowledge of bomb making and weapons. He is considered armed and dangerous, and currently wanted on a felony warrant out of Virginia. If you see Mitchell Oakes, call 9-1-1. Franklin Police and the ATF are offering a reward of up to $7,500 for information leading police to his whereabouts. Call (615) 794-2513.  

The media staging area for public information regarding this case is 1000 Windcross Court, Franklin.

Franklin Police Department pauses to remember 9/11, Sunday

fallen tears 2Franklin, TN – Chief Deborah Faulkner and the men and women of the Franklin Police Department will join the congregation of Franklin First United Methodist Church, during their 8:45 and 10am Sunday services, to pay tribute to the nearly 3,000 people who lost their lives during the September 11, 2001 attacks on America.

Because September 11 falls on a Sunday this year, this tribute will be in lieu of the annual memorial normally held on the Franklin Police Headquarters plaza.

“I know that most Americans look for a place to go, and reflect on this day,” said Chief Faulkner. “We welcome residents to join our Officers and the FUMC congregation this Sunday.” Franklin First United Methodist Church is located at 120 Aldersgate Way, at the corner of Franklin Road and Mack Hatcher Memorial Parkway, in Franklin.

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Professional, Progressive, Responsive
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Police incident in Carriage Park neighborhood peacefully resolved

The police incident in the Carriage Park neighborhood has ended peacefully. Shortly before 5:00 this morning, officers were summoned to a home in that subdivision to investigate the report of an emotionally distraught man. Residents who retreated from the home advised arriving officers that the man, also a resident of the home, was armed. After the subject inside refused to cooperate, FPD SWAT Officers and Crisis Negotiators were called to assist. In an abundance of caution, adjacent neighbors were evacuated from nearby homes and Carriage Park Drive was temporarily closed.

The incident was peacefully resolved shortly after 8:30 a.m. when the man surrendered. No one was injured during the incident. It has not been determined if the subject will be facing any charges. The Department is appreciative for the cooperation and understanding of area residents during this morning’s incident.

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Franklin, Dickson Police seeking dangerous fugitive

CANTER WANTED

Franklin Police and Crime Stoppers are offering a cash reward for information that leads to the capture of a dangerous fugitive wanted in two counties.

Raymond Canter, 33 of Dickson, is wanted by Franklin Police for dumping a stolen car on Everbright Avenue in Franklin, and then stealing another. Canter is also wanted by Dickson Police on a slew of felony charges, including multiple auto thefts and evading officers. Canter is a known drug user and is considered armed and dangerous. Canter may be driving a stolen 2011 silver, extended cab Ford Ranger.

If you have information on his whereabouts,
call Crime Stoppers: (615) 794-4000.

If you happen to spot Canter out in public,
call 9-1-1
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