Robbery suspect ditches stolen Land Rover before arrest

Monday, March 22, 2010 at 2:51pm
Staff reports
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A convicted felon linked to at least a dozen west Nashville business burglaries was arrested in Bellevue Friday night after a brief foot chase through a wooded area off Old Hickory Boulevard.

Police said they spotted Preston Rotier Perkerson Jr., 44, driving a 2006 Land Rover that had been reported stolen earlier in the day, but when officers attempted to stop the vehicle he accelerated and ran a red. He ditched the vehicle at the Madison at Ridgelake apartment and ran into the woods.

Perkerson emerged from the woods and entered a unit at Belle Forest Condominiums, where police said he had been staying. He was arrested with no further incident.

He faces 12 counts of burglary, theft of a vehicle and felony evading arrest. More charges against him are possible as detectives continue to investigate his activities.

During questioning, police said Perkerson admitted to burglarizing the following businesses:

  • Wendell Smith’s Restaurant, 5300 Charlotte Pike, on March 8
  • Sylvan Park Restaurant, 4502 Murphy Road, on March 11
  • Rotier’s Restaurant, 2413 Elliston Place, on March 13
  • Scarlett Begonia, 2805 West End Avenue, on March 14
  • Cumberland Transit, 2807 West End Avenue, on March 16
  • Dose Coffee & Tea, 3431 Murphy Road, on March 16
  • Brown’s Diner, 2101 Blair Boulevard, on March 16
  • Springwater Bar, 115 27th Avenue North, on March 16
  • US Border Cantina, 106 29th Avenue North, on March 16
  • Papa John’s Pizza, 251 Old Hickory Boulevard, on March 19
  • Blue Coast Burrito, 6800 Charlotte Pike, on March 20
  • Target, 6814 Charlotte Pike, on March 20


Perkerson, who received a three-year sentence in 2004 for felony theft, is being held in the Metro Jail on $180,000 bond.

3 Comments on this post:

By: unclesam328 on 3/22/10 at 3:41

It's rare that 4 of the places I go got hit by the same bandit. Is he associated to any armed robberies in the same area?

By: dargent7 on 3/23/10 at 6:26

Guy's middle name is "Rotier" and he robs a restaurant called "Rotier's"? Is he that dumb? Lock him up for 20 years...he'll be 66 and too old to rob anyone.

By: MusicCity615 on 3/23/10 at 11:41

he looks like a skinny Kerry Collins