Metro Police makes arrests in string of East Nashville robberies, shootings

Saturday, April 25, 2009 at 1:57pm
Staff Reports
Metro Police are looking for Richard Michael Wilson (left), after arresting Danzel Richardson (center) and Joshua Allen Gooch in connection with a string of East Nashville robberies.

East Precinct detectives early Saturday morning arrested two persons for their involvement in a series of street robberies in the lower East Nashville area during the past week, including the shooting of three people Thursday night.

Danzel Richardson, 16, of 1204 Meridian Street, was arrested at his home and is currently confined at juvenile detention on charges of carjacking, unlawful gun possession, and drug possession, according to Metro Police. Additional charges will be placed against Richardson early next week, police said.

Joshua Allen Gooch, 18, of 1200 Stockell Street, was apprehended at Shelby Avenue and 10th Street. He has admitted his involvement in a number of crimes and is presently charged with four counts of aggravated robbery, two counts of attempted especially aggravated robbery, and one count of auto theft, according to reports. Gooch is being held in the Metro Jail in lieu of $420,000 bail.

Police announced that a third individual, Richard Michael Wilson, 19, who is last known to have lived on Highland Villa Lane in South Nashville, is being sought for questioning in connection with the robberies.

“Contrary to earlier speculation, these crimes had nothing to do with any type of gang initiation,” East Precinct Commander Bob Nash said. “It appears to have been a situation where several young men got together and decided to go on a crime spree.  Actually, Gooch and Richardson had not been in serious trouble before.”

The three shooting victims did have life-threatening injuries, police reported on Friday.

Anyone seeing Wilson or knowing his whereabouts is asked to contact East Precinct Investigations at 862-7525.

“The East Precinct’s detectives, Flex officers and patrol officers, along with federal ATF agents, have been working diligently to identify and apprehend these individuals for the past few days,” Nash said.  “I am proud of their efforts, which are continuing in regard to Wilson and any others who may be identified.”

2 Comments on this post:

By: livinglively57 on 4/1/10 at 7:04

I am so glad to have moved out of East Nashville. You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. We decided to let others try to gentrify the neighborhood. So scary....16 yr. olds walking around with guns.

By: Chris Wells on 1/2/11 at 3:07

I'm so glad you moved out too! It is actually very possible to turn around East Nashville. That is what gentrification is. I moved to Miami Beach in 1980 when it was just as bad as East Nasville. Now it is one of the most visited travel destinations in the world.
Of course East nashville does not have a beach, but it had a lot going for it and it has already come a long way in the past 8 years. It will continue to get better as more business' move in and more houses become renovated.
I am very happy to be be part of the East Nashville turn-around and look forward to the day, when the snobs cross the bridge to visit the coolest, hippest, safest, place in Tennessee.