Update regarding an incident circulating on social media

The Department has an update for residents about an incident circulating on social media, which shows video of a man lifting a campaign sign out of the lawn of a private residence, ringing the doorbell, and then tossing the sign on the ground near the front door.

Working with neighbors, officers have identified the man in that video. After conferring with prosecutors, Criminal Trespass could be a potential charge. Criminal Trespass is a Class-C misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of not more than $50.00, and a sentence of not more than 30-days in jail.

What happened here should not be the experience of anyone who chooses to support a candidate, and the Department is saddened that this occurred. The homeowner advised officers that they do not want to prosecute. The Department, however stands ready to assist them with pursuing criminal action, should they decide to do so. Absent an arrest and pending prosecution, it is not appropriate for the Department to publicly identify the man in the video.


Accused sex offender and convicted felon, Joshua Jaco, captured in Miami

On May 23, Franklin Police named Joshua Jaco one of their most wanted.

Jaco, an already convicted felon, was wanted by authorities in Franklin for 2-counts of Sexual Battery by an Authority Figure, stemming from a 2021 case.

He was captured by authorities, yesterday, in Miami, and is now awaiting extradition back to Franklin to face those charges.



Columbia Man Facing Federal Charges After Resisting Arrest by Franklin Police Officers

(Information courtesy the United States Department of Justice)

NASHVILLE – A federal indictment, unsealed this week, charges a Columbia, Tennessee, man with drug distribution and firearms charges, announced U.S. Attorney Mark H. Wildasin.

Roy Gene Nicholson, III, 26, was indicted by a federal grand jury last month and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.  Nicholson was arrested on June 15 by the United States Marshals Service and is currently in federal custody.

The charges are the result of an incident on April 24, 2022, where Nicholson was stopped on I-65 in Williamson County, Tenn., by an officer with the Franklin Police Department.  According to the indictment, when the officer approached the car, he observed a pistol on the front passenger seat and smelled an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.  The officer attempted to detain Nicholson and a physical struggle ensued.  Nicholson was able to re-enter his vehicle and as two officers attempted to remove him from the car, Nicholson accelerated, dragging both officers for a distance and knocking them to the ground.  The legs of one officer were run over by the vehicle as it sped away.

Nicholson was later arrested approximately one mile away and was found to be in possession of a loaded firearm, marijuana, and more than $3,600 in cash.  A pink backpack found on a sidewalk nearby, contained approximately 200 grams of marijuana and plastic baggies.  Officers had observed the pink backpack in Nicholson’s car during the earlier attempt to arrest him.

If convicted, Nicholson faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison, and up to a $250,000 fine.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, and the Franklin Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Herbert L. Bunton, III is prosecuting the case.


Update: Kohl’s Shoplifter, identified as David Baker, arrested

David Baker
Age: 43
Franklin, TN

On May 24, Franklin Police asked for your help with identifying a man who shoplifted $375 in women’s clothing from the Mallory Lane Kohl’s. Several tips came in, identifying the thief as 43-year-old David Baker, of Franklin.

Baker, a convicted felon, currently on probation, was arrested Thursday. Baker was found in possession of drugs at the time of his arrest. Charged with Theft, Heroin Possession, and Violation of Probation, Baker is being held without bond.

Franklin Police want to thank everyone who called and texted in tips, saying that without an engaged community and citizens, Baker would have likely eluded identification and capture.




Update: Rooftop photographer identified, cited for trespassing

The rooftop photographer from this recently released May 4 video has been identified.

Detectives say that their review of additional facts does not support that the photographer was taking pictures of a residence, as initially reported by the complainant.

Yesterday, detectives ticketed the 18-year-old Franklin resident for Trespassing. He is due in court on June 30 at 1:00 pm.


New video gives closer look at repeat Franklin shoplifters

New, better video is being released of two suspects wanted in a series of shoplifting cases from the CoolSprings Galleria. The two arrived in this dark colored SUV, on March 20 and March 23, and stole designer sunglasses & fragrances. There is a cash reward if you know who they are.

Previously released video

Recognize them?
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Remembering Officer Jeff Carson; Live feed to the memorial, procession information

Officer Jeff Carson’s funeral service will be carried live on NewsChannel 5’s Facebook, for anyone unable to attend in person.

Funeral Service
Saturday, April 2, 2022 | 10:00 a.m.

Brentwood Baptist Church
7777 Concord Rd, Brentwood, TN 37027

The motorcade from the church to the graveside service will travel Concord Rd to Franklin Rd, to Mack Hatcher, to Murfreesboro Rd, to the Public Square, to Main Street, to Columbia Ave, past Franklin Police Headquarters, to Williamson Memorial,3009 Columbia Avenue, Franklin, TN 37064

In the procession, the hearse will be immediately followed by Jeff’s Chevelle, a special car to him, and his assigned police car, Unit #33.

The family has requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Franklin Police Department’s Law Enforcement Assistance Fund, a 501(c)(3) organization that provides financial assistance to Franklin Police Officers during unexpected life events, and college scholarships to officers’ children.

Franklin Police HQ lit in blue in honor of Officer Jeff Carson


Additional information on tonight’s Amber Alert, in Franklin

UPDATE: Child Safely Located; Lumpkin remains at-large

This evening’s Amber Alert stems from a February 27 domestic, in which the missing child’s non-custodial father brought him to a Franklin hotel room that the couple was sharing. While there, the father assaulted the child’s mother, and then left with the child prior to officers arriving.

After the mother told officers that she felt the child was safe with his father, Franklin Police obtained an arrest against the father for Domestic Assault.

After being re-contacted by the child’s mother, yesterday, and advised that the child and his father were still unaccounted for, and have not been seen since the February 27 domestic in Franklin, Detectives obtained an additional arrest warrant for the child’s father, Sharles Lumpkin, for Especially Aggravated Kidnapping, and requested that the TBI issue an Amber Alert.

If you have any information, you are urged to call 1-800-TBI-FIND


Police arrest two in the 2020 murder of Jamarcus Esmon

Franklin Police arrested two suspects today in the 2020 murder of Jamarcus Esmon. Esmon was only 26 when he was gunned down on Edgewood Boulevard on June 27, 2020. Franklin Detectives developed evidence that they recently presented to a Williamson County Grand jury, identifying 23-year-old Kiontez Waters as the shooter. The Grand Jury indicted Waters, charging him with First Degree Murder, Aggravated Assault Resulting in Death, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm. Waters is being held on a $100,000 bond.

That same Grand Jury heard investigator testimony against 32-year-old Stephanie Holt, and indicted her for aiding Waters following Esmon’s murder. Her bond was set at $10,000.

Waters, formerly of Franklin, was residing in Nashville. Holt, also previously from Franklin, now resides in Columbia. Franklin and Metro Police arrested Waters this afternoon outside a Spring Hill gas station. Franklin and Columbia Police arrested Holt a short time later at her Columbia home.

The violence that was perpetrated against Jamarcus Esmon deeply impacted the Franklin community, especially his loved ones. Today’s arrests were a result of tireless work by investigators, who personally called Esmon’s family with news of the arrests moments after they were made.


Update: New photo of fraud suspect shows unique neck tattoo

Check out this new photo that shows a credit card fraud suspect’s unique neck tattoo. Franklin Police are hoping someone might recognize the man.

He used stolen credit card information to make a $4,000 purchase at the Franklin Home Depot. There is a cash reward of up to $1,000 available if you know who he is.

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(615) 794-4000
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