Franklin Police reaffirm help, hope during Domestic Violence Awareness Month

For many, home is a place of love, safety, and comfort. For millions, though, it’s anything but. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, about 1.3 million women and 835,000 men are victims of physical violence by a partner every year.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the display on the lawn at Franklin Police Headquarters symbolizes the Department’s commitment to helping victims. Domestic violence perpetrated on an individual is a crime against our entire community. For help, call Franklin Police: (615) 794-2513. For shelter information, call (615) 599-5777 or click.

For the latest domestic violence statistics, visit

Franklin Police Execute Padlocking Order at The Tin Roof 2, 9135 Carothers Parkway

Pursuant to an order from the Circuit Court, the Franklin Police have closed and padlocked a Cool Springs bar, The Tin Roof 2. This year, patronage at that business has caused a drain on police resources resulting from more than 70 incidents including 13 assaults, rape, public indecency, theft, gun possession, theft, and DUI from January 1, 2020 through September 30, 2020.

The City alleges that Tin Roof 2 is a public nuisance and has been granted a writ of temporary injunction abating a nuisance, padlocking premises, and allowing the search of the premises. The order prohibits anyone, including the establishment’s owners from entering the premises pending an October 12, 2020 court date.

The Franklin Police Department, city officials, and District Attorney’s Office consider the padlocking of a business a last resort when a business blatantly promotes behavior that jeopardizes the safety of our citizens and community.


Update on Sunday’s Aggravated Assault case at Tony’s Eat & Drink, in Franklin

Yesterday, Franklin Police released photos of two men investigators were working to identify in connection with Sunday’s aggravated assault case at a Franklin bar.

The fight broke out during the early morning hours of October 4, inside Tony’s Eat & Drink. Franklin Police were unaware anything had even happened until 3:00 a.m. when Vanderbilt contacted the Department about one of the victims being treated at the E.R.

Both individuals from the photographs came forward last night after Franklin Police released their photographs in an effort to identify them. Their interview with a detective provided additional information about the incident. Detectives are providing all of the information about this case to the District Attorney’s Office, who will help determine any applicable charges.

Conflicting information about the incident is prompting Franklin Police to urge anyone who was at Tony’s and witnessed the fight or events leading up to it to come forward.

Call Franklin Police
if you have any information:
(615) 794-2513



Franklin Police investigating brutal aggravated assault at N. Carothers bar


Franklin Police are asking for the public’s help to identify the two men in these photos, which were taken during the brutal beating of a man in a N. Carothers bar, Sunday morning.

At 3:00 am on October 4, Franklin Police were summoned to the Vanderbilt Emergency Room where a victim who advised he had been assaulted in Franklin was being treated. The responding officer determined the location of the assault to be Tony’s Eat & Drink, and an investigation is underway. Officers were not summoned to Tony’s for this disturbance, Sunday morning, and the first the Department learned that it had occurred was after being contacted by Vanderbilt.

No one has been charged, but this case clearly has our attention and we are committed to holding anyone who perpetrates a violent assault like this accountable. The victim’s injuries are serious, but not believed to be life-threatening. Anyone with information or cell phone video of the assault or suspect is urged to contact Franklin Police.

A cash reward of up to $1,000 is available to anyone with information
 Crime Stoppers: (615) 794-4000.

Information about the case can also be shared by
clicking this link to share an anonymous eTip.

Franklin Police need your help identifying this vacuum cleaner thief

Franklin Police need your help identifying this suspect who stole two LG vacuum cleaners valued at $1,399.98 from Lowes at 3060 Mallory Lane on 09/13/2020.  He left the store in a blue Chevrolet Impala.  There is a cash reward for information in this case.

Recognize him?

Call Crime Stoppers: (615) 794-4000

or click to submit an anonymous eTip



Cash reward offered for power tool thief

Franklin Police want to identify this shoplifter.  On 09/19/20, he stole Dewalt power tools valued at over $700 from Lowe’s at 3060 Mallory Lane.  He left the parking lot in a black Ford four door sedan.  There is a cash reward for information in the case.

Recognize him?

Call Crime Stoppers: (615) 794-4000

or click to submit an anonymous eTip


Suspect arrested for Financial exploitation of an elderly person and theft of at least $10,000 but less than $60,000

Michael David Verble

DOB: 12/19/1955

Nashville, Tennessee

Michael David Verble was arrested in Hot Springs, Arkansas and is now awaiting extradition back to Williamson County Tennessee following Grand Jury indictment charges out of Williamson County from June 11th for two counts of Financial exploitation of an elderly person and theft of at least $10,000 but less than $60,000.  Mr. Verble committed these frauds while operating under the business Verble Estate Preservation and Advisors. Franklin Police Detectives began investigating this case in November 2019 after receiving a referral from Adult Protective Services.

Franklin Police Sergeant celebrated for 27 years of service; Sergeant Don Zelaya to retire, Wednesday


Sergeant Don Zelaya, Franklin Police Department

Today is his last day as one of Franklin’s finest. Franklin Police Sergeant Don Zelaya, best known by his friends and fellow officers as “Z” or “Z-Man,” began his 27-year career with the Franklin Police Department in 1993.

Serving as a Patrol Officer, Narcotic Detective, Narcotic Supervisor, and Patrol Supervisor during his time with the FPD, Zelaya has also done extensive work as a Special Federal Officer while on assignment to the FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force, investigating serious cases across the Midstate.

Prior to joining the FPD, Sergeant Zelaya served as a police officer in Greenville, Mississippi where he was a member of their Narcotics, SWAT, Rescue, and Dive Teams between 1986 and 1991. After leaving Mississippi, Zelaya served two years with the Williamson County, Tennessee, Sheriff’s Office before joining the Franklin Police Department on August 23, 1993.

Sergeant Zelaya was named Officer of the Year by the Fraternal Order of Police for his work in a major state and federal drug investigation. His contributions to the creation and development of the Franklin Police Department’s Flex Team have been immeasurable. Z is loved and will be greatly missed by his FPD family.

Sergeant Zelaya looks forward to spending more time at home with his wife, Pam, and their two children, 24 and 16.


Help Franklin Police catch these shoe thieves

Franklin Police want to identify these three shoplifters.  On September 21st at 6:30pm, these three females removed the tags off of a pair of shoes and put the shoes in their purse.  The employee confronted the subjects however they proceeded to leave the store and drove away in a silver/white Windstar van.

Do you recognize any of them?

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



Aggravated Robbery Suspects Arrested

Kendrell Demontra Ellison
Age: 18
Lavergne, Tennessee

Zachary Obrian Smith
Age: 18
Nashville, Tennessee

Daniel Tyrell Miller
Age: 18
Franklin, Tennessee

On Monday night at approximately 7:00 pm, a Franklin Police Officer, in plain clothes, was conducting a police investigation in an attempt to get a stolen semi-automatic pistol off the streets.  He contacted the individual who had the stolen gun and wanted to sell it.   During the interaction, two suspects pointed guns at the Police Officer, grabbed the money for the transaction, and fled the scene. The suspects were apprehended last night and charged with aggravated robbery.  Zachary Smith and Kendrell Ellison were given a $350,000 bond. Daniel Miller was given a $500,000 bond. Suspects are due in court December 8th.


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