Arrested robbery suspects may be tied to Holland House crime

Tuesday, January 4, 2011 at 2:09pm

Suspects arrested Wednesday evening for robbing a north Nashville McDonald’s restaurant may be responsible for at least 17 fast food restaurant robberies across the city since Aug. 29, police said Tuesday.

Metro police arrested three men shortly after the trio allegedly robbed the McDonald’s at 2311 Brick Church Pike at 8:15 p.m. According to police, the men fired at least one shot into the ceiling during the robbery with about 15 people inside the restaurant at the time.

Kevin Brame, 24, Rashawn Campbell, 23, and Andrew Siner, 19, are each currently charged with four counts of aggravated robbery and one count of attempted aggravated robbery in Monday night’s McDonald’s robbery.

Police won’t say if any of the three are believed to be responsible for last week’s robberies at the Holland House Bar and Refuge or the Pied Piper Eatery.

But Lt. Danny Driskell told reporters the method of operation used by the McDonald’s suspects fits the same style used by the suspects in other recent robberies. That style involved an aggressive, hostile takeover during which the suspects ordered people around and, in some cases, shoved victims.

Monday night, Siner and Campbell are believed to have fired shots into the ceiling during the robbery.

According to arrest warrants, the men stole items such as a laptop and cell phone as well as cash from some customers. They also allegedly ordered the McDonald’s manager to open the safe before they took about $2,400 from it.

Detectives conducted surveillance on the suspects after a Crime Stoppers tip pointed to Campbell’s potential involvement and witness statements led police to suspect Brame in some of the robberies.

Police watched the suspects park their car on a nearby dead-end street before they got out and walked down Trinity Lane, at which point police lost sight of them.

The three men were later seen running back toward their car at the same time police received the call that the McDonald’s had been robbed.

Det. Sgt. Jason Proctor first confronted the suspects near their car and chased down Siner after the suspects ran. Flex Officer Tim Miller found Campbell hiding under a car and a police dog tracked down Brame.

Proctor said he found a .357-caliber revolver and a victim’s cell phone on Siner. Campbell had a 9-mm pistol and a black bandana on him, according to Proctor.

All three of the men were caught with money police said was stolen during the robbery.

While police said the men have admitted to certain robberies, Metro police continue to investigate Wednesday night’s robbery and other recent robberies to determine how many crimes the three suspects might be involved in.

In 2004, Brame received a six-year sentence for facilitating an aggravated burglary.

Police said additional charges against the men will likely come later through grand jury proceedings.

Campbell and Siner are being held on $250,000 bond. Brame’s bail had not yet been set.

6 Comments on this post:

By: trtay2004 on 1/4/11 at 4:27

Keep them locked up forever. People like this don't need to roam the streets.

By: Nitzche on 1/4/11 at 7:56

african-americans?? "da man keepin dem down"

By: nikkinicole642 on 1/5/11 at 8:14

Sounds like they are just following in the footsteps of 'great whitey massa' with whom they are tied to by at least a drop of blood. Seems like they are doing a great job at their criminal behavior. Was this country not founded on thievery and inhumane treatment of others?

By: LFCRed on 1/5/11 at 9:32

Just go Riyadh on them & cut off their hands - time to start instilling fear into the criminals, instead of the criminals instilling fear into the rest of us...

"Beer is proof God loves us and wants us to be happy." Benjamin Franklin

By: popeye123 on 1/5/11 at 10:31

They are good boys. They just fell in with the wrong crowd. No worries though they'll be out in no time. Brame just served a short stint for aggravated robbery committed in 2005. He was quoted as saying ' I dun do nuffin ' . That right there proves he is innocent and being unfairly harassed by the popo. I hope some judge sees that they didn't mean any harm and were just trying to better themselves, and lets them go with probation. Odds are they've learned their lesson and would never do anything like this again.

By: freddy on 1/6/11 at 10:53

freddy

Hey, LFCRed --

I love the Ben Franklin quote, but it's not accurate. He was actually writing about wine, and while the general idea is very similar, it's a bogus quote. This is what he wrote in a 1779 letter: "Behold the rain which descends from heaven upon our vineyards; there it enters the roots of the vines, to be changed into wine; a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy."

Anyway, back to the punks -- if they can make the charges stick, these idealistic young men will be locked away for a LONG time. Thank you for playing! I like the machete justice, too.