Update: Suspect charged with Criminal Homicide after shooting Franklin man

Guillermo Leon, a 57-year-old resident of Reville Court, in Franklin, was shot at 5:15, Tuesday night, during an argument outside of his home.

Leon had just arrived home when he and 27-year-old Brenton Johnson, who was visiting the nearby home of a relative, exchanged words. Johnson shot Leon during the argument, and Leon died at the hospital a short time later.

Guillermo Leon’s family is devastated by his loss. Franklin Police are working closely with Leon’s family to support them during a period of unimaginable trauma.

Charged with Criminal Homicide, Johnson is being held on the $400,000 bond set by the Magistrate. No word, yet, on his court date.



Caught in the act: Franklin Police arrest 2, recover 26 stolen catalytic converters

Police in Franklin have stopped two catalytic converter thieves in their tracks.

Officers interrupted an in-progress theft last week in the CoolSprings Galleria parking lot. Laquetta Eugene, 44, of Houston, TX, and 32-year-old Chesare Rivers of Memphis were arrested on September 30. Officers spotted Rivers under a car with an electric saw, and moved in. After they did, they discovered 26 catalytic converters in the car Eugene was driving. All of them appear to have been cut off of victim’s vehicles, and detectives are hoping to identify some of those victims.

Cars missing a catalytic converter will have a loud roaring sound, especially when accelerating. Criminals who steal catalytic converters are hoping to cash in on up to $800 on the black market. The high value is due to precious metals like platinum and rhodium that are used to make them.

If your catalytic converter was stolen in the past couple of weeks, Franklin Police want to hear from you. Victims can contact Franklin PD Criminal Investigations at (615) 791-3237.



Repeat drunk driver held after hit & run crash

Vasiliy Birak
Age: 48
Columbia, TN

A Columbia man remains behind bars for his second DUI after nearly striking a pedestrian and shattering a telephone pole on Saturday.

Shortly after 4:00, Saturday afternoon, officers responded to the hit & run crash in the 1100 block of W. Main Street. Officers found the truck on Downs Blvd and determined that the driver, 48-year-old Vasiliy Birak, of Columbia, was impaired.

Charged with DUI – 2nd Offense, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangerment with a Deadly Weapon, Leaving the Scene of a Crash, Failure to Report a Crash, and Violation of the Implied Consent law, Birak remains jailed on a $15,500 bond. His court date is pending.

Drive Drunk, Get Nailed

Contractor arrested for vandalizing Franklin boutique

Christopher Bryson
Age: 41
Franklin, Tennessee

An investigation into the July 24 vandalism of the business at 128 Holiday Court has resulted in the arrest of 41-year-old Christopher Bryson, Tuesday.

Detectives determined that Bryson spray-painted the building and a vehicle at that location. Bryson is a contractor who had been working for the victim.

Charged with Felony Vandalism, Bryson is due in court on October 26. He is currently being held on the $2,000 bond set by the Magistrate.




Drunk driver stopped, arrested after heading for Franklin’s Square at 70 MPH

Willis Oothout
Age: 23
Nashville, TN

At 12:40 this morning, a Franklin Police Officer spotted a car careening into Franklin’s downtown neighborhood on 3rd Avenue. Radar indicated that the driver, 23-year-old Willis Oothout, was traveling 70 in the 30 MPH zone. After stopping Oothout, officers determined that he was impaired, and arrested him.

Charged with DUI and Reckless Driving, Oothout remains jailed on a $5,000 bond. He is due in court on October 12.

Drive Drunk, Get Nailed

Drunk driver arrested with two small children in car

A drunk driver who had two kids in the car was arrested Tuesday night. Facing several serious charges, she remains behind bars this morning.

Kelly Boyer
Age: 28
Nashville, TN

At about 11:00 pm on July 20, officers began searching for the suspect’s vehicle after citizens called in to report the driver’s erratic behavior. Officers found the vehicle being driven on the wrong side of McEwen Drive near Mallory Lane. Its front bumper was missing, and other vehicle parts were being dragged from the vehicle’s undercarriage.

Officers stopped the car and determined that the driver, 28-year old Kelly Boyer, was impaired. Two children, ages 7 and 1, were found in the back seat.

Charged with DUI, Failure to Exercise Due Care, x2 counts of Child Abuse, and Felony Reckless Endangerment, Boyer remains jailed on the $34,500 bond set by the Magistrate. Her first court appearance is set for July 27.

Please, please don’t drink and drive,
– it’s a deadly combination


Kentucky man held after attempted stabbing

Victor Hugo Ortiz
Age: 45
Lexington, KY

A Kentucky man remains jailed in Franklin after trying to stab a bouncer. Officers were summoned to the Tin Roof 2 at 1:10 am, Sunday, after 45-year-old Victor Ortiz tried stabbing a bouncer who had asked him to leave, in the neck. The bouncer was armed with a handgun and ordered Ortiz to drop the knife. Arriving officers found Ortiz, and the knife, in his car in the parking lot and arrested him.

Charged with Aggravated Assault, Reckless Endangerment with a Deadly Weapon, Public Intoxication, and Disorderly Conduct, Ortiz remains jailed on a $70,000 bond. His first court appearance is today.


Impaired, fleeing driver arrested after running over pedestrian

An impaired driver remains jailed this morning after running over a man and then leaving the scene, last Thursday.

At 4 p.m. on June 3, Officers were summoned to the business at 303 S. Royal Oaks Blvd. after 39-year-old Bianca Bankston ran over another worker who was trying to keep her from driving impaired. Bankston then crashed into another vehicle before fleeing.

A nearby Franklin Police Officer spotted the orange Hummer Bankston was driving, moments later, as it was turning onto Murfreesboro Rd. After stopping Bankston, the officer determined that she was impaired, and arrested her. Bankston is due in court today, and remains jailed on a $35,000 bond. Her charges are as follows:

Bianca Bankston
Age: 39
Nashville, TN

  • DUI — Second Offense
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Vehicular Assault
  • Reckless Endangerment with a Deadly Weapon
  • Leaving the Scene of an Injury Crash
  • Leaving the Scene of a Crash and Failing to Give Aid or Information
  • Violation of the Implied Consent Law
  • Driving Without Insurance
  • Driving While Suspended

The man Bankston ran over was very seriously injured, and remains hospitalized.

Booze It & Lose It!

Hit & Run driver charged after crashing into Franklin home

Alona Sanford
Age 18
Franklin, TN

At 11:50, Sunday night, officers responded to reports that a car had struck a home in the 300 block of Battle Avenue, and that the driver had fled. Arriving officers found the vehicle unoccupied. There was significant damage to both the vehicle and the home.

A Williamson County Sheriff’s Deputy, who had responded to the area to assist, found a person walking nearby. That person, 18-year-old Alona Sanford, of Franklin, was determined to be the driver who fled after crashing into the house. No one inside the home was injured, and Sanford suffered only minor injuries.

Charged with  Leaving the Scene of a Crash, Sanford is free on the $2,000 bond set by the magistrate. She is due in court on August 24.


Suspect who exposed himself to teen worker in Berry Farms drive-thru identified, charged

Suspect and suspect vehicle

Thanks to help from the public, the suspect who exposed himself to a teen worker in the Chick-fil-A drive-thru at Berry Farms has been identified.

Last night, Detectives charged 48-year-old Robert Rawson of unincorporated Franklin with Indecent Exposure. He is due in court on August 4.