Domestic assault suspect held on $200,000 bond

Corzell Esmon
Age: 44
Franklin, TN

Corzell Esmon, 44, of Franklin, was arrested after assaulting his ex-girlfriend and another woman, Friday night.

Officers were summoned to a Franklin home after Esmon struck his ex in the face and then struck a second woman in the head after she came to her friend’s aid. Esmon was gone before officers arrived, but located and arrested, Monday. 

Esmon, charged with two counts of assault, is being held in the Williamson County Jail on a $200,000 bond. He is due in court on February 20. Esmon is a convicted felon. 

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Officers nab in-progress auto burglar, credit alert citizen for calling police

Richmond Tanner Atkins
Age: 21
Franklin, TN

A citizen tip and quick response by Franklin Police led to the arrest of an in-progress auto burglar early Sunday morning. Shortly before 5:30 a.m., officers responded to the Marriott’s Residence Inn, on Meridian Boulevard, after an alert citizen reported seeing a man with a flashlight looking into vehicles & checking car door handles in the parking lot.

Arriving officers encountered the suspect, 21-year-old Richmond Tanner Atkins of Franklin. While speaking with Atkins, officers saw several bags and other items in his car, ultimately determining he had recently stolen those items from vehicles in the parking lot.

Officer arrested Atkins, charging him with x2 counts of Auto Burglary, x2 counts of theft, Drug Possession, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Additional charges are expected. Atkins is a convicted felon, out on probation. He is currently being held on a $40,500 bond.

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Two wanted in $16k tire theft captured on boat in Antioch

Two suspects wanted by Franklin Police since December 22 have been captured on a boat in Antioch. The pair is accused of stealing $16,000 in new tires from a Franklin business.

On January 31, Franklin Police arrested 45-year-old Michael Lewis, a convicted felon, and 36-year-old Amber Tidwell on a boat in the Four Corners Marina. Metro Police assisted with the arrest which came following a citizen tip.

Lewis and Tidwell are being held in Williamson County on felony charges. They are due in court February 13.


Franklin Police quickly recover stolen car, West Virginia suspect held

A West Virginia woman remains jailed following her arrest for stealing a car in Franklin, Monday.

Kristen Kelley
Age: 32
Vienna, WV

At 7:00, Monday morning, Franklin Police were summoned to the Mallory Lane Walmart after a vehicle was stolen from the parking lot. Officers worked with store security to review surveillance video and determined that the suspect, later determined to be 32-year-old Kristen Kelley, of West Virginia, stole the car after finding a spare key in the unlocked auto. Kelley loaded items she had just shoplifted from Walmart into the car before driving away.

Officers found Kelley attempting to remove the stolen vehicle’s license plate at a nearby Culver’s restaurant.

Kelley remains jailed on a $110,000 bond. Charged with Auto Theft, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Introduction of Contraband (drugs) into a Penal Institution, Kelley faces a judge on January 16.


Driver facing several charges following DUI arrest, Sunday

Lucas Jenkins
Age: 31
Franklin, Tennessee

A Franklin man is facing several charges after attempting to evade officers, Sunday.

At 4:15 am, an officer observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed down I-65 S near Cool Springs. The driver, 31-year-old Lucas Jenkins, eventually pulled over on the Murfreesboro Road exit ramp. When the officer got out of her vehicle to approach, Jenkins sped away. The officer caught back up with Jenkins a short time later and determined he was impaired. A loaded handgun was found in the vehicle next to Jenkins.

During his arrest, Jenkins claimed to be a sergeant with another law enforcement agency, which was later determined to be false.

Charged with DUI, Failure to Maintain a Lane, Felony Evading, Possession of a Firearm While Intoxicated, Criminal Impersonation, Filing a False Report, Open Container, and having an outdated driver’s license, Jenkins is free on a $33,000 bond. He is due in court January 16.

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Officer injured, police car struck during felony shoplifting attempted getaway

Four Memphis women are free on bond after a Franklin Police Officer was injured during their attempted escape, Saturday. Plain clothes officers began watching the group after they began acting suspiciously in the CoolSprings Galleria parking lot.

Eugenia Thomas, Samora Woods, and Davianna Livingston all entered Macy’s and quickly began selecting large quantities of merchandise. Laquasha Irving, the getaway driver, pulled up to the curb when the three left the store with armfuls of stolen merchandise. While officers were attempting to arrest one of the suspects who had gotten into the car, Irving put the vehicle into reverse and accelerated, causing the car to strike a police officer’s head and knocking the officer to the ground. Irving struck a police car during her attempted getaway, as well.

Sixty-one items of clothing valued at $4,300 were recovered, as well as anti-theft tools, and marijuana. The officer was not seriously hurt. All four suspects are due in court on December 19 at 1:00 p.m.

Franklin Police are saturating the  Cool Springs area as part of Operation Not in Our Mall, which has netted more than 31 arrests and led to the recovery of more than $13,000 in stolen merchandise since Black Friday. Heavy police presence will continue in Cool Springs through Christmas.

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Franklin man indicted on multiple sex charges involving children


Samuel Sylvester, 50, of Franklin, was arrested on 12/06/2019 following a multiple-count Grand Jury indictment on sex charges involving two children, 12 and 16.

Samuel Sylvester
Age: 50
Franklin, TN

Franklin Police began investigating Sylvester after a client he worked with as a music producer came forward with disturbing allegations.

Charged with x7 counts of Statutory Rape by an Authority Figure, x7 counts of Sexual Battery by an Authority Figure, Aggravated Sexual Battery, and x2 counts of Rape of a Child, Sylvester was released after posting a $200,000 bond. Neither victim is related to Sylvester and the children have no connection to one another.

Because Sylvester has worked with children throughout the years, detectives are concerned there could be other victims. Anyone with information should contact Franklin Police.

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Suspect held after domestic shooting in Franklin

Hunter Pelham
Age: 19
Franklin, Tennessee

A Franklin man is behind bars after an early morning shooting. At about 4:30 Saturday morning, officers were summoned to the 100 block of Grenadier Drive for a shooting. Officers determined that Hunter Pelham, 19, of Franklin, shot his father during a domestic disturbance. The 44-year-old victim was treated at the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

Pelham, charged with Aggravated Assault, is being held in the Williamson County Jail on a $50,000 bond. The gun used in the shooting was stolen in another jurisdiction. Additional charges in this case are possible.

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Driver arrested for DUI, Possession of a Handgun While Impaired following I-65 crash

Johnathan Bernert
Age: 33
Franklin, TN

At 4:00 Saturday morning, officers were dispatched to I-65 S near mile marker 59 for a single-vehicle crash. Arriving officers found significant damage to the vehicle, which had struck a guardrail. Officers determined that the driver, 33-year-old Johnathan Bernert, was impaired and arrested him. Two loaded handguns were found in Bernert’s vehicle.

Charged with DUI and Possession of a Handgun While Impaired, Bernert is free on the $3,000 bond set by the Magistrate. He is due in court on November 14.

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Driver arrested for DUI following I-65 injury crash

Mackenzie Kruger, 23 Franklin, Tennessee

An impaired driver was arrested following an injury crash on I-65 at 4:50 pm, Tuesday. Arriving officers determined that 23-year-old Mackenzie Kruger was impaired. Officers also found empty beer cans in Kruger’s vehicle.

Charged with DUI, Kruger is free on the $1,500 bond set by the Magistrate. She is due in court on October 31.

A first-time DUI offense in Tennessee includes costly fines,
court costs, legal fees, jail time, mandatory drug & alcohol treatment,
and the installation of an ignition interlock device.
In the end, a typical DUI arrest ends up costing about $10,000.

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