Franklin Police and Sheriff’s Deputies capture convicted, fleeing felon wanted on new charges

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.

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Help Franklin Police ID these felony shoplifters

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Franklin Police and Crime Stoppers are offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who can identify these three thieves.

On 08-22-2020 at approximately 2:54 pm, they stole $1,193 worth of merchandise at the Cool Springs Macy’s.

Recognize them?
Call Crime Stoppers: (615) 794-4000
or click to submit an anonymous eTip

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Cash reward for ID of felony shoplifters

 

Franklin Police and Crime Stoppers are offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who can identify these two thieves.

On 08-22-2020 at approximately 3:39 pm, they stole $1,337 worth of merchandise at the Cool Springs Macy’s.

Recognize them?
Call Crime Stoppers: (615) 794-4000
or
 click to submit an anonymous eTip

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Franklin Police charge gas station robbery suspect

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.

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Franklin Police now hiring school crossing guards

School Patrol PromoThe Franklin Police Department is seeking qualified applicants for the position of School Crossing Guard.

Under general supervision, School Patrol team members work part-time hours and are responsible for pedestrian safety & efficient vehicular traffic flow in assigned school zones.

The ideal applicant is assertive, tactful, and able to work in varying weather conditions.

Starting pay is $18.48/hour 

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Schools begin reopening soon; please drive cautiously in active school zones

Starting this Friday, school zones in Franklin will become active as area kids begin heading back to school under limited-capacity plans. Officers will be vigilant in active school zones across the city, focusing on speeding drivers, improper passing, and Tennessee’s law on cell phone use. 

Franklin Police Officers will be closely monitoring bus routes and citing drivers who disregard the flashing red lights and stop signs on school buses.

Motorists should anticipate slower than usual traffic in and around school zones. To avoid being late to your destination, drivers should plan to leave earlier than usual. Parents are encouraged to talk with their children about safely crossing the street and walking through parking lots.

 

The minimum fine for
speeding in a school zone
or illegally passing a stopped school bus:
 $139.75

Drivers must be aware of & comply with traffic direction by Franklin Police School Patrol Crossing Guards. Motorists should be prepared to stop and follow their instructions.

Parents are encouraged to visit their child’s school website to familiarize themselves with drop-off and pick-up information.

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Two repeat DUI offenders arrested in Franklin

Zachary Marlin
Age: 29
Thompsons Station, TN

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.

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Crime Stoppers cash offered for ID of thief who stole trailer from church parking lot

Franklin Police are hoping someone might recognize this truck and its driver, now wanted for felony theft after he stole a trailer from a Franklin church.

On the morning of July 30, the suspect in this white Nissan Frontier crew cab stole a 12’ single-axle trailer from the church’s Southgate Ct. parking lot. There is a cash reward for information.

Call Crime Stoppers: (615) 794-4000
or click to submit an anonymous eTip
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One charged in attempted carjacking, shooting

Franklin Police have charged one of the suspects involved in Sunday’s attempted carjacking and shooting at the Dwell at McEwen apartments.

Joshua Hallmon
Age: 24
Murfreesboro, TN

Joshua Hallmon, 24 of Murfreesboro has been charged with Attempted Murder, Attempted Carjacking, being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony.

Hallmon is currently in custody in Rutherford County on similar charges out of Murfreesboro. He is a convicted felon with a serious criminal history.

Detectives are working to identify and arrest the second suspect in this case.

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Connecticut Sex Offender charged with new crimes in Franklin

Joseph Antonio Gonzalez Rodriguez
Age: 28
Franklin, Tennessee

On Wednesday, detectives arrested a registered sex offender from Connecticut who had been living in, but failed to register his presence in Franklin, since March. His conviction in Connecticut was related to a sex crime against a minor. Joseph Antonio Gonzalez Rodriguez, charged by Franklin Police with failing to register was released on the $75,000 bond set by the Magistrate.

Detectives returned to his Murfreesboro Road condo yesterday and re-arrested Rodriguez, charging him with Statutory Rape, after discovering he had sex with at least one Franklin minor since arriving in Tennessee. Rodriguez is back behind bars on a $100,000 bond. He is due in court on August 4.

Anyone with information about other children Rodriguez may have had contact with is urged to call Franklin Police: (615) 794-2513.

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