Franklin Police Officer assaulted while arresting drunk driver

Nikolas Sowden
Age: 38
Dawsonville, GA

Shortly after midnight, Wednesday, an officer on patrol spotted a vehicle blocking the road at Baker’s Bridge at Carothers. The driver, 38-year-old Nikolas Sowden, had fallen asleep at the wheel. Officers determined that he was impaired, and arrested him.

Sowden’s passenger, 31-year-old Eion Graham was also impaired. After becoming belligerent with officers who were attempting to arrest the driver, Graham himself was arrested.

Eion Graham
Age: 31
Baltimore, MD

During the ordeal, Sowden, the driver, attacked the officer, telling him, “I’m gonna [explicative] you up,” before struggling with the officer and then kicking the officer in the head. Thankfully, the officer was not seriously hurt.

Sowden, charged with DUI, Obstructing Traffic, Resisting Arrest, and Assault on a First Responder, remains jailed on the $5,000 bond that was set by the Magistrate.

Graham, charged with Public Intoxication, remains behind bars on a $1,000 bond. Both are due in court on July 7.

Drive Drunk, Get Nailed.


Drunk driver held after second DUI

Taylor Reynolds
Age: 23
Spring Hill, TN

A 23-year-old Spring Hill man remains behind bars after being arrested for his second DUI early Sunday morning.

Officers stopped Taylor Reynolds after they saw him weaving across several lanes of traffic on I-65 near Peytonsville Rd. at 3:38, Sunday morning. This after concerned citizens called in to report that he was driving erratically.

Reynolds was arrested for (1) his second DUI, (2) Driving on a Suspended License, and (3) Reckless Driving, after officers determined that he was impaired.

Reynolds remains jailed on the $14,000 bond set by the Magistrate. He is due in court on June 23.

Drive Drunk, Get Nailed


Officers recovering after being dragged, run over by fleeing suspect

Two Franklin Police Officers were injured yesterday after a fleeing suspect drug them from his car, running one of the officers over. At 10:20, Sunday morning, an officer stopped 26-year-old Roy Nicholson, of Columbia, on I-65 N, between Murfreesboro Rd. and McEwen Drive. The Officer, who was initially investigating a traffic violation, asked Nicholson to step out of his car after seeing a gun in the vehicle and smelling marijuana. Once outside of the car, Nicholson began actively resisting the officer.

In this dramatic dash-cam video, you see Nicholson break away from the officer, get back into his car where a firearm was present, and then drag Officer Dustyn Stevens and an assisting Officer, Matt Lamarr, down the Interstate, before running over Officer Stevens during his getaway.

Roy Nicholson
Age: 26
Columbia, TN

Citizens who saw this occurring followed the suspect vehicle, providing updated location information that helped additional responding officers locate and take Nicholson into custody outside of the Franklin Walmart immediately following the assault.

Stevens, a four-year Franklin Police Officer, was transported to Vanderbilt, where he was treated and released. Officer Lamar’s injuries appeared to be superficial, not requiring immediate medical treatment. Lamarr is a 16-year Franklin Police veteran.

Nicholson, charged with x2 counts of Aggravated Assault Against a First Responder and Felony Evading is free on the $40,000 bond set by the Magistrate. He is due in court at 1:00 on June 9. Additional charges are expected in this case.

Franklin Police say it is amazing that no one was more seriously injured, and that what we see in this video clearly shows the importance of drivers adhering to Tennessee’s Move Over Law.


Police arrest two in the 2020 murder of Jamarcus Esmon

Franklin Police arrested two suspects today in the 2020 murder of Jamarcus Esmon. Esmon was only 26 when he was gunned down on Edgewood Boulevard on June 27, 2020. Franklin Detectives developed evidence that they recently presented to a Williamson County Grand jury, identifying 23-year-old Kiontez Waters as the shooter. The Grand Jury indicted Waters, charging him with First Degree Murder, Aggravated Assault Resulting in Death, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm. Waters is being held on a $100,000 bond.

That same Grand Jury heard investigator testimony against 32-year-old Stephanie Holt, and indicted her for aiding Waters following Esmon’s murder. Her bond was set at $10,000.

Waters, formerly of Franklin, was residing in Nashville. Holt, also previously from Franklin, now resides in Columbia. Franklin and Metro Police arrested Waters this afternoon outside a Spring Hill gas station. Franklin and Columbia Police arrested Holt a short time later at her Columbia home.

The violence that was perpetrated against Jamarcus Esmon deeply impacted the Franklin community, especially his loved ones. Today’s arrests were a result of tireless work by investigators, who personally called Esmon’s family with news of the arrests moments after they were made.


Impaired driver arrested for 5th DUI

Dylan Lankford
Age: 30
Mount Juliet, TN

Dylan Lankford, 30, of Mount Juliet remains jailed on a $22,000 bond after his fifth DUI arrest, last night.

An officer on patrol saw Lankford commit a traffic offense at 10:00, Monday night, at Carothers and Liberty. During the stop, the officer determined that Lankford was impaired and placed him under arrest. Thirty-five empty cans and bottles of beer were found in Lankford’s car.

Charged with Felony DUI (5th Offense), Violation of the Implied Consent Law, having open alcohol in his vehicle, and Disregarding a Traffic Control Device, Lankford is due in court on April 28.

Every day, almost 30 people in the U.S. die in drunk-driving crashes.
DUI crashes claim more than 10,000 lives per year (

Alert citizen helps land burglar behind bars

Kevonte Williams
Age: 20
Columbia, Tennessee

An auto burglar is behind bars, and Franklin Police are crediting an alert citizen. Franklin Police officers flooded the area, Monday morning, after a call came in at 3:10 am from a citizen who reported that a group of men in hoodies, wearing latex gloves, were checking car door handles in the parking lot of a Reliance Drive apartment complex.

Multiple suspects fled on foot after being challenged by officers. 20-year-old Kevonte Williams was captured during his attempted escape, and arrested. Officers found stolen property on Williams at the time of his arrest. Other arrests are expected in this case.

A citizen made all the difference in this outcome, and the Department is thankful for their attentive eye and quick call. It should be noted that the only cars entered had been left unlocked by the owners. Franklin Police want to remind citizens of the importance of locking their car doors at night, and never leaving valuables inside – especially guns.

Charged with x3 counts of Burglary and one count of Evading, Williams remains jailed on the $35,000 bond set by the Magistrate. He is due in court on March 1.



Franklin Police charge Sunday morning parking lot shooter with x7 counts of Attempted Murder

Jeremy Fowler
Age: 27
Franklin, Tennessee

Franklin Police have charged a Sunday morning shooting suspect with seven counts of Attempted Murder, and Possession of a Firearm During a Dangerous Felony.

It happened in the Murfreesboro Rd. Waffle House parking lot, where officers were summoned at 3:30 a.m., February 13. Arriving officers found multiple shell casings outside, but everyone involved was gone.

Witnesses reported that two men who were arguing inside the restaurant walked out into the parking lot. Once outside, an uninvolved carload of seven people, ranging in age from 16-20, yelled something at the arguing men. That’s when the suspect, later identified as 27-year-old Jeremy Fowler, of Franklin, turned his attention from the man he was arguing with, pulled a gun, and began firing into that carload of people.

Witnesses provided a description of everyone involved, including a license plate number. That information helped lead officers to both the suspect and victims in this case. Miraculously, no one in the car that Fowler shot into was injured. Fowler and the people in that car did not know one another.

At least two others accompanied Fowler at the time of the shooting. No charges have been filed against those men, but additional charges in this case could be forthcoming.

Detectives are also working to identify the man Fowler was originally arguing with. Anyone with information that could help investigators is asked to call Franklin Police at (615) 794-2513, or Crime Stoppers.

Fowler is being held in the Williamson County Jail on the $775,000 bond set by the Magistrate.

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Teen arrested after driving into Centennial High School; damaged school will be closed on Friday

Franklin, January 14, 2022: Update: Franklin Police are confirming that the 17-year-old suspect in Thursday night’s felony vandalism at Centennial High School is a Williamson County School District student. He has been charged with Aggravated Vandalism >$10,000, Leaving the Scene of a Crash, Failure to Report a Crash, and Felony Evading.

Although Friday classes were canceled, tonight’s scheduled basketball game at Centennial will proceed as planned.

Franklin, January 13, 2022: At 8:41, Thursday night, Franklin Police responded to a report that a vehicle had driven into Centennial High School. The driver left before officers arrived. Those officers encountered significant damage when they got to the school.

Officers spotted the suspect vehicle a short time later on I-65. The driver refused to stop but was taken into custody by pursuing Williamson County Sheriff’s Deputies at Page High School, on Arno Road, at 9:07 pm.

No one was injured during this incident, which is still under investigation. Charges against the 17-year-old are forthcoming.

Centennial’s campus will be closed on Friday to assess and repair damage.


Registered sex offender arrested after detective spots him in local park

Howard Anderson
Age: 79
Franklin, Tennessee

A Franklin Police Detective who was recently at a Franklin park took note of someone else who wasn’t supposed to be. The detective followed up and determined that Howard Anderson, a convicted sex offender, is prohibited from being in places like the park, so she got a warrant and arrested him.

Anderson was arrested earlier this week and charged with Violation of the Sex Offender Registry, a Class-E Felony. He was released from jail after posting the $1,500 bond set by the Magistrate. Anderson is due in court on December 21.

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Update: Franklin Police release photos of accomplice vehicle in Sunday’s violent robbery

Police in Franklin are releasing photographs of the maroon Dodge Durango that dropped off two armed robbers at the Market Master gas station on Columbia Avenue, Sunday night. Pay close attention to the dark rims on the SUV, as well as the damage to the driver’s side.

One suspect has been arrested, but detectives are still working to identify a gunman, as well as a third suspect who was driving this vehicle.

There is a cash reward for information
that leads to additional arrests in this case. 

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