Convicted felons suspected in six parking lot robberies

Wednesday, December 30, 2009 at 2:04am
Staff reports

Metro Police arrested three young men suspected in a series of armed robberies early Tuesday morning in south Nashville apartment complex parking lots.

Convicted felons Darius Collins, 20, Travis Harris, 18, and Thomas Dixon, 17, are each charged with holding up a man and woman at gunpoint early Tuesday morning in the 1300 block of Tarrywood Lane, police said.

The men allegedly took cash from the woman and repeatedly struck the man in the head when he could not provide any valuables, police said. Witnesses reported they fled in a red car at 5 a.m.

Hermitage officers spotted the suspect vehicle, a red 2004 Nissan Sentra that had been reported stolen, 30 minutes later parked at the Exxon at 2664 Smith Springs Road.

Police said all three suspects were taken into custody, and a loaded .38-caliber handgun was recovered from the vehicle.

The victims identified Collins, Harris and Dixon as the suspects, police said.

Detectives believe the same suspects were also involved in at least five other similar robberies between 2:30 a.m. and 5 a.m. Tuesday. In each case, the suspects randomly targeted persons in apartment complex parking lots, robbed them at gunpoint, and drove off in a red car, police said.

Collins was convicted in June of attempted aggravated robbery and vehicle theft. He and Harris are currently charged with attempted aggravated robbery and aggravated robbery.

Collins is being held in lieu of $190,000 bond. Harris is being held on $155,000 bond. Dixon is charged in Juvenile Court with aggravated robbery.

7 Comments on this post:

By: localboy on 12/30/09 at 9:42

"Collins was convicted in June of attempted aggravated robbery and vehicle theft."
If he was convicted, was he still out on bail?

By: Kosh III on 12/30/09 at 10:06

Why wasn't he in jail? ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Now he needs to go to jail--and stay there.

By: wrglwright on 12/30/09 at 10:12

Same goes for my son's killers convicted felons on the streets. We have to get legislature to actively enforce their sentences or it will continue.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/30/09 at 10:56

wrglwright, i'm so sorry.

By: sidneyames on 12/31/09 at 10:34

Hi blanket, why don't we have a CP for new year's eve?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/31/09 at 10:56

who knows. the staff my be off.

By: DDG on 1/3/10 at 6:23

Nashville police are a JOKE! They sit in parking lots waiting on a call, instead of patrolling!!! It's not because of gas prices either. They are just too damn lazy to do their job.