All victims ID’d, but hidden camera investigation far from over

Through an exhaustive video review and the tireless work of investigators, every victim whose image was captured and stored on the hidden GoPro found in a Premier Athletics changing and restroom has been identified, 55 in all.

The initial information shared by the Department was that there were 60 victims, but that number has since changed to 55, as some of the victims were filmed by that camera more than once. Fifty-three of the victims are minors, and the parents of every minor victim, and the two adult victims have all been notified.

The Department’s continued efforts in this case are now focused on two things: (1) Preparing a Grand Jury presentment in which we will be seeking charges on behalf of the victims, and (2) The thorough review of additional evidence in this case. The Franklin Police Department wants to ensure that the suspect is held fully accountable for his crimes by leaving no stone unturned. While we’ve made some incredible progress, the investigation is far from over.

Anyone with information regarding this case can share it directly with detectives by emailing concern@franklintn.gov.

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Update on investigation into hidden camera discovered in Premier Athletics bathroom

As the investigation into a hidden camera found inside a girls bathroom at Premier Athletics continues, Franklin Police want to provide an update to victims and parents.

The GoPro camera that was found hidden in a girls changing and restroom has been reviewed. Videos of 60 females, mostly minors, were discovered on the camera. Detectives believe that the suspect had been intermittently staging the camera to capture video in the restroom since September. Two of the 60 victims appear to have been partially undressed in the videos. Working with facility management, detectives have identified 47 of the 60 victims and are in the process of notifying their parents. Detectives are working to identify the remaining 13 victims.

The girls changing and restroom at the center of this investigation is located inside the Premier Athletics suite. There is no current evidence to suggest that other restrooms or private areas in the multi-tenant facility were compromised.

Franklin Police Detectives are examining a variety of other evidence seized as part of the investigation and expect to file multiple charges. Once formally charged in this case, Franklin Police will identify the suspect, his charges, bond amount, and court date.

The placement of a camera in such a private place is a violation of trust in its most extreme form. This is terribly upsetting to parents and their children, and it is just as troubling to us. The Department is working diligently to safeguard sensitive images, to help victims and their families cope, and to prepare a solid criminal case for the courtroom.

Parents can share information they may have about this case by
emailing Franklin Police at:
concern@franklintn.gov

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Jeffrey White held after attempting to evade police in multiple jurisdictions

 

Jeffrey White, the suspect who attempted to evade officers yesterday afternoon, remains jailed this morning.

The 19-year-old originally fled from Metro Police before also attempting to evade Franklin Officers who tried pulling him over near downtown. It came to an end on Acton Street near Natchez Street after White crashed into four cars, including two Franklin Police cars and a fence before being boxed in and taken into custody by FPD Officers. Police helicopters aided in White’s tracking and capture. No one was injured during his brazen attempted getaway.

Charged with Aggravated Assault, Felony Evading, Reckless Endangerment, x2 counts of Leaving the Scene of a Crash, x2 counts of Failure to Report a Crash, and Driving Without a License, White is being held on an $84,500 bond.

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Felony Evading suspect in custody thanks to citizen tips

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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.

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Update: Shoplifting suspect Brandon Vaughn identified, arrested

Brandon L. Vaughn | Hermitage, TN

With the help of citizen tips, Brandon Vaughn, of Hermitage, was identified and recently arrested for stealing three PS4 games from the Cool Springs Target in 2019.

Vaughn, charged with Theft, is free on the $1,500 bond set by the Magistrate. He is due in court on January 19.

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UPDATE: Starbucks robber Dakota O’Daniel arrested in Pennsylvania

 

With the help of citizen tips, 23-year-old Dakota O’Daniel, the gunman in the October 26 armed robbery of the S. Royal Oaks Blvd. Starbucks has been apprehended in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, where he had fled to and was hiding out.

The convicted felon is awaiting extradition to Williamson County where he will be booked for Aggravated Robbery.

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WANTED for Armed Robbery: Dakota O’Daniel

With the help of citizen tips, Franklin Police have identified 23-year-old Dakota O’Daniel as the gunman in the October 26 armed robbery of the S. Royal Oaks Blvd. Starbucks.

Officers located and impounded O’Daniel’s getaway vehicle, which belonged to his girlfriend, at a Hermitage apartment complex where the two had been staying. He, however, remains on the run.

O’Daniel is a convicted felon on probation and wanted for additional crimes in other cities. He is considered armed and dangerous and there is a cash reward being offered for information on his whereabouts. O’Daniel is 6’2″ with a slim build. He may be driving a red Ford Fusion with a Tennessee license plate of 3W1 1S7. Call 9-1-1 if you see him.

Call Crime Stoppers
with information: (615) 794-4000
or click to submit an anonymous eTip
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Detectives release new images from Franklin Starbucks robbery; cash reward for info

Detectives in Franklin have released new images of Monday’s Starbucks robber and his getaway car. Officers responded to the South Royal Oaks Blvd location shortly before 3:30, Monday afternoon, after a man entered the business, presented a pistol, and demanded cash.

The robber was a white male with brown hair. He was wearing a camo jacket at the time of the robbery. Take a look at his car and pay special attention to the damaged driver’s side rear quarter panel.

There is a cash reward for
information in this case:
Call Crime Stoppers: (615) 794-4000
or click to submit an anonymous eTip
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Citizen tips land Franklin porch pirate behind bars

 

Rafael Jimenez, Jr.
Age: 45
Nashville, Tennessee

Franklin Police published this video on September 3, asking for the public’s help with identifying a package thief caught on camera. The Department received numerous tips that helped detectives develop Rafael Jimenez, Jr. as the suspect. Police have been looking for him ever since.

A break in the case came after a CrimeStoppers tip led police to a location where he was staying, yesterday in Nashville. Jimenez was arrested without incident and booked into the Williamson County Jail.

In addition to being wanted by Franklin Police, Jimenez is also wanted by Sumner, Maury, and Davidson Counties on multiple, unrelated charges.

Charged with x2 counts of Theft, x2 counts of Criminal Trespass, x2 counts of Failure to Appear on Previous Charges, and x2 Counts of Violation of Probation, Jimenez is being held in Franklin on a $34,000 bond.

Franklin Police credit Ring doorbell footage, good detective work, and engaged citizens with closing this case.

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