Suspect who exposed himself to teen worker in Berry Farms drive-thru identified, charged

Suspect and suspect vehicle

Thanks to help from the public, the suspect who exposed himself to a teen worker in the Chick-fil-A drive-thru at Berry Farms has been identified.

Last night, Detectives charged 48-year-old Robert Rawson of unincorporated Franklin with Indecent Exposure. He is due in court on August 4.

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Police working to ID man who exposed himself to teen, in Franklin

This is a disturbing case, and one that has Franklin Police & Crime Stoppers offering a cash reward to anyone who can help ID the suspect.

At dinnertime on May 4, the man in this video exposed himself to a teen worker in the Chick-fil-A drive-thru at Berry Farms. The white male suspect was driving the gold-colored car seen in this video. It had faded paint and a worn, dented exterior.

Call Franklin Police or Crime Stoppers if you have any information.

Crime Stoppers: (615) 794-4000
or 
click to submit an anonymous eTip
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Missing Child Alert: Franklin Police need your help to find 8-year-old boy

8:45 pm: UPDATE | “Lyle” has been safely located. Triplett has been arrested.

Franklin Police are asking for the public’s help to find an 8-year-old boy who is believed to be in danger.

Paul “Lyle” Sykes is believed to be his mother, Bethany Triplett, in a black Toyota Avalon 4-door with the Tennessee license plate 7W6 307.

This missing child alert comes after Triplett fled from her Franklin home this afternoon, with Sykes, during an active police investigation. Detectives fear that he may now be in danger.

If you see the missing child or vehicle,
call 9-1-1

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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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Detectives still seeking tips on I-65 attacker; $5,000 reward

$5,000.00 Reward for Information 

Franklin Police have poured through more than 200 tips but are still seeking information about the March 24 attack of a 16-year-old girl. At about 8:20 pm, the teen pulled over on I-65 S, between Cool Springs Boulevard and McEwen Drive after her tire went flat. As she stood outside of her vehicle, waiting for her dad who was on his way to help, the attacker depicted in this sketch accosted the teen from behind, pulling her down the hill and into the ditch between I-65 S and the back side of the Mallory Lane Sam’s Club.

The teenager was able to break free and escape an apparent sexual assault attempt. The suspect fled on foot into the I-65 woodline and remains at large. Police are looking for a tall white male with dingy brown teeth and a medium build. He is believed to be in his late 30s to early 40s. The suspect had a “dirty-blonde” beard, and looked like he had not shaven other areas of his face for several days. The suspect is believed to be about 6 feet tall. The teen was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

Franklin Police are asking anyone with information, any information, to come forward by calling (615) 794-2513. Callers wishing to remain anonymous can do so by calling Crime Stoppers at (615) 794-4000 or clicking here to submit an anonymous eTip.

***Cash reward: $5,000***
Call Crime Stoppers: (615) 794-4000
or click to submit an anonymous eTip
All tipsters will remain anonymous

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Reward for info on I-65 attacker increased to $5,000

Franklin Police have increased the reward for information that leads to the identification & arrest of the I-65 attacker to $5,000.00. 

At about 8:20 pm on Sunday, 03/24/2019, a 16-year-old girl pulled over on I-65 S, between Cool Springs Boulevard and McEwen Drive, after her tire went flat. While standing outside of her vehicle, waiting for her dad who was on his way to help, the attacker who resembles this sketch accosted the teen from behind, pulling her down the hill and into the ditch between I-65 S and the back side of the Mallory Lane Sam’s Club.

The victim was able to break free and escape an apparent sexual assault attempt. The suspect fled on foot into the I-65 wood line and remains at large. Police are looking for a tall white male with dirty brown teeth and a medium build. He is believed to be in his late 30s to early 40s. The suspect had a “dirty-blonde” beard, and looked like he had not shaven other areas of his face for several days. The suspect is believed to be about 6 feet tall. He was wearing a black t-shirt at the time of the attack. The victim was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

Franklin Police are asking anyone with information to come forward by calling (615) 794-2513. Callers wishing to remain anonymous can do so by calling Crime Stoppers at (615) 794-4000 or clicking here to submit an anonymous eTip.

***Cash reward: $5,000***
Call Crime Stoppers: (615) 794-4000
or click to submit an anonymous eTip
All tipsters will remain anonymous

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Breaking: Sketch released of I-65 attacker

The public is getting its first look at the I-65 attacker tonight, thanks to this TBI sketch.

At about 8:20 Sunday night, a 16-year-old girl pulled over on I-65 S, between Cool Springs Boulevard and McEwen Drive, after her tire went flat. While standing outside of her vehicle, waiting for her dad who was on his way to help, the attacker who resembles this sketch accosted the teen from behind, pulling her down the hill and into the ditch between I-65 S and the back side of the Mallory Lane Sam’s Club.

The victim was able to break free and escape an apparent sexual assault attempt. The suspect fled on foot into the I-65 wood line and remains at large. Police are looking for a tall white male with dirty brown teeth and a medium build. He is believed to be in his late 30s to early 40s. The suspect had a “dirty-blonde” beard, and looked like he had not shaven other areas of his face for several days. The suspect is believed to be about 6 feet tall. He was wearing a black t-shirt at the time of the attack. The victim was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

Franklin Police are asking anyone with information to come forward by calling (615) 794-2513. Callers wishing to remain anonymous can do so by calling Crime Stoppers at (615) 794-4000 or clicking here to submit an anonymous eTip.

For the time being, Franklin Police are advising stranded motorists to call 9-1-1 for assistance so dispatchers can pinpoint your exact location. While waiting for police to arrive, you should wait in your vehicle with the doors locked, when possible.

***Cash reward of up to $1,000***
Call Crime Stoppers: (615) 794-4000
or click to submit an anonymous eTip
All tipsters will remain anonymous

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Stranded teen driver attacked along I-65, in Franklin; Police seeking information, urging women to be vigilant

Franklin Police want to alert the public to the concerning attack of a stranded teen driver. At about 8:20 Sunday night a 16-year-old girl pulled over on I-65 S, between Cool Springs Boulevard and McEwen Drive, after her tire went flat. While standing outside of her vehicle, waiting for her dad who was on his way to help, a man accosted the teen from behind, pulling her down the hill and into the ditch between I-65 S and the back side of the Mallory Lane Sam’s Club.

The victim was able to break free and escape an apparent sexual assault attempt. The suspect fled on foot into the I-65 wood line and remains at large. Police are looking for a tall white male with dirty brown teeth and a medium build. He is believed to be in his late 30s to early 40s. The suspect had a “dirty-blonde” beard, and looked like he had not shaven other areas of his face for several days. The suspect is believed to be about 6 feet tall. He was wearing a black t-shirt at the time of the attack. The victim was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

Franklin Police are asking anyone with information to come forward by calling (615) 794-2513. Callers wishing to remain anonymous can do so by calling Crime Stoppers at (615) 794-4000 or clicking here to submit an anonymous eTip.

For the time being, Franklin Police are advising stranded motorists to call 9-1-1 for assistance so dispatchers can pinpoint your exact location. While waiting for police to arrive, you should wait in your vehicle with the doors locked, when possible.

Cash reward of up to $1,000
Call Crime Stoppers: (615) 794-4000
or click to submit an anonymous eTip
All tipsters will remain anonymous

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Parents jailed after infant seriously injured

Demarcus Helm
Age: 28
Franklin, TN

A convicted felon remains jailed after seriously injuring his one-and-a-half-month-old baby boy. Officers responded to 101 Johnson Circle on March 26. A relative in the home called 9-1-1 when they noticed the baby not breathing. First responders performed CPR and were able to save the baby. His condition improved during a hospital stay.

Investigators determined that the baby’s father, 28-year-old Demarcus Helm, was responsible for the extensive injuries. Facts uncovered during a multi-layer investigation were presented to a Grand Jury. Helm and the baby’s mother, 21-year-old Tytianna Jones, were ultimately arrested on May 18.

Tytianna Jones
Age: 21
Franklin, TN

Helm, charged with x2 counts of Aggravated Child Abuse is being held on a $50,000 bond. He is due in court on May 31 at 9:00 am. Jones, who lied to investigators during her initial statements about the baby’s injuries, was charged with Child Endangerment and Accessory After the Fact. She is being held on a $25,000 bond. A court date has not yet been set for Jones. Since being released from the hospital, the baby has remained in the care and custody of the Department of Children Services.

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New charges filed against former Franklin dance teacher

Courtesy Metro Police

April 4, 2018 update: Following testimony by a Franklin Police Detective, a Davidson County Grand Jury recently indicted Ross McCord for x3 counts of Statutory Rape by an Authority, x3 counts of Aggravated Statutory Rape, and Solicitation of a Minor. These new charges stem from additional crimes McCord perpetrated in Davidson County against the original child victim.

McCord, who was arrested Tuesday, remains jailed in Davidson County on a $75,000 bond. He is due in court there on 04/11/2018.

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Released December 7, 2017: A former dance instructor at Franklin’s DC Dance Factory was arrested, moments ago, following a multiple-count indictment on sex charges involving a 14-year-old girl. Franklin Police began investigating 29-year-old Ross McCord on October 24, after the girl’s parents came forward with disturbing information regarding McCord and their daughter.

Charged with x4 counts of Statutory Rape by an Authority Figure, x4 counts of Aggravated Statutory Rape, Solicitation of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, and Exploitation of a Minor by Electronic Means, McCord is in the process of being booked into the Williamson County Jail. A Judge has set his bond at $50,000.

McCord, of Brentwood, Tennessee, is being investigated for similar crimes in other jurisdictions. Because Ross McCord has been a teen dance instructor for the last 10 years, Franklin Detectives are concerned that he could have other victims. Anyone with information should contact Franklin Police.

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