UPDATE: Last week, Franklin Police asked for the public’s help to identify two Felony Evading suspects who eluded police in a white Toyota Tacoma on November 18, in Cool Springs.
Tips poured in and 23-year-old Jordan Gerber, of Shelbyville, is now behind bars in Bedford County, awaiting forthcoming charges in Franklin. The male in the photo has also been identified. Franklin Police want to thank the many engaged citizens who called in to share information on this case.
Citizens are credited with helping to get two impaired drivers off of Franklin streets, Monday night. At 9:35 pm, a citizen reported an erratic driver on Columbia Avenue near Downs Blvd. An officer spotted the vehicle near Battle Avenue and noticed that the vehicle’s airbags had been blown and that there was severe damage to the car. It is unclear what the vehicle struck. Officers stopped the vehicle and determined that the driver, 24-year-old Angel Santiago, of Franklin, was impaired and arrested him. Charged with DUI, Driving Without a License, Violation of the Implied Consent Law, and Failure to Maintain a Lane, Santiago is free on the $2,500 bond set by the Magistrate.
A little more than an hour later, officers responded to a crash at E. McEwen and Oxford Glen Dr., after a citizen discovered a truck that had left the roadway and crashed into an embankment. Officers determined that the driver, 52-year-old Rhonda Baskin, of Franklin, was impaired and arrested her. Charged with DUI, Resisting Arrest, Violation of the Implied Consent Law, Failure to Maintain a Lane, Failure to Report a Crash, and Driving Without Due Care, Baskin is free on the $5,000 bond set by the Magistrate.
Both Santiago and Baskin are due in court on January 19, 2021.
Michael David Verble was arrested in Hot Springs, Arkansas and is now awaiting extradition back to Williamson County Tennessee following Grand Jury indictment charges out of Williamson County from June 11th for two counts of Financial exploitation of an elderly person and theft of at least $10,000 but less than $60,000. Mr. Verble committed these frauds while operating under the business Verble Estate Preservation and Advisors. Franklin Police Detectives began investigating this case in November 2019 after receiving a referral from Adult Protective Services.
On Monday night at approximately 7:00 pm, a Franklin Police Officer, in plain clothes, was conducting a police investigation in an attempt to get a stolen semi-automatic pistol off the streets. He contacted the individual who had the stolen gun and wanted to sell it. During the interaction, two suspects pointed guns at the Police Officer, grabbed the money for the transaction, and fled the scene. The suspects were apprehended last night and charged with aggravated robbery. Zachary Smith and Kendrell Ellison were given a $350,000 bond. Daniel Miller was given a $500,000 bond. Suspects are due in court December 8th.
Franklin Police Officers worked quickly to capture a convicted felon who assaulted a couple with a knife. It happened Wednesday afternoon at the Mallory Lane Sonic.
Randy Cunningham Age: 29 Nashville, Tennessee
Officers responded to the restaurant after a couple reported that a man had approached their car and attempted to sell them coupons. When they declined, he became aggressive. The suspect began beating on the couple’s car and slashed their tire, threatening to cut the male victim with the large hunting-style knife he was holding. The suspect fled following the assault.
Responding officers canvassed the area and, with the help of several citizen witnesses, captured 29-year-old Randy Cunningham, who was hiding inside the restroom at a nearby business. Cunningham is a convicted felon with a violent history.
Charged with Felony Vandalism and two counts of Aggravated Assault, Cunningham remains jailed on a $60,000 bond.
A coordinated effort between Franklin Police and Williamson County Sheriff’s Deputies has led to the capture of a convicted felon who was out on probation and wanted after failing to appear on several serious charges that include Aggravated Assault, Aggravated Burglary, and Auto Burglary.
Nicholas Owens Age: 21 Franklin, Tennessee (April, 2020 booking photo)
At 8:40, 21-year-old Nicholas Owens fled from a home on Grenadier Drive, in Franklin, where deputies attempted to take him into custody on the outstanding capiases. Additional Sheriff’s Office and FPD units responded and established a perimeter while air and K9 assets were deployed. Citizen calls to the 9-1-1 Center about the fleeing suspect running through their yards were instrumental in his capture, and we applaud those citizens.
Officers captured Owens at 9:20 am, outside a home on Arsenal Drive. A nearby elementary school was alerted to shelter in place during the incident. That shelter in place order was lifted following Owens’ capture.
Officers were summoned to a bar & grill off of Meridian Boulevard, at 12:30 Friday morning, after a woman nearly hit several vehicles while trying to drive out of the parking lot.
Arriving officers determined that the driver, 24-year-old Alicia Perlson, was impaired and arrested her. Perlson became belligerent while at the hospital for blood alcohol testing, where she kicked a nurse and a police officer in the face, before biting another officer.
Charged with DUI, Violation of the Implied Consent Law, x2 counts of Disorderly Conduct, and x3 counts of Assault, Perlson is free on the $7,000 bond set by the Magistrate. She is due in court on November 21.
Today, Franklin Police charged Floyd Smith, 44, of Valhermoso Springs, Alabama, with Aggravated Robbery following an August 14 hold-up at the Berry Farms Twice Daily.
Floyd Smith Age: 44 Valhermoso Springs, AL
At 1:50 last Friday morning, Smith indicated he was armed while demanding a clerk surrender the gas station’s money.
A Williamson County Sheriff’s Deputy spotted Smith’s vehicle on I-65 N near McEwen, following the robbery.
Smith abandoned that car in a parking garage and seriously injured himself after jumping from the second level of the garage in an attempt to avoid capture. Smith was taken into custody and then transported to the hospital where he remained under guard for several days.
Franklin Police booked Smith into the Williamson County Jail, Thursday afternoon, charging him with Aggravated Robbery. A Magistrate set Smith’s bond at $50,000. He is due in court on November 24.
Smith, a convicted felon with a lengthy criminal history, was recently released from an Alabama prison.
Zachary Marlin, 29, of Thompsons Station, remains jailed after his August 1 arrest for DUI – Third Offense, not having a required ignition interlock device on his vehicle, driving on a suspended driver’s license, and speeding.
At 2:53 a.m., Saturday, Marlin passed a marked Franklin PD cruiser while traveling at speeds up to 90 MPH on I-65 S near Murfreesboro Road.
The officer who stopped Marlin determined that he was impaired and arrested him. Marlin is being held on a $15,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear before a judge on August 4.
Robert Crawford Age: 27 Franklin, TN
Shortly after 3 a.m., Monday morning, officers were dispatched to Liberty Pike near Towne Park Ln. after the vehicle driven by 27-year-old Robert Crawford crashed into a subdivision entrance wall.
Officers found Crawford standing outside his vehicle, determined that he was impaired, and arrested him.
Charged with DUI – Second Offense and Failure to Exercise Due Care, Crawford is free on the $5,500 bond set by the Magistrate. He is due in court on November 10.