Suspect identified in Green Hills attack

Thursday, June 4, 2009 at 3:10pm

A 21-year-old man is wanted for holding up and locking a teen in the trunk of his car Tuesday afternoon in a Green Hills parking garage, Metro police said.

Christopher James Gross, of Arbor Ridge Drive in Antioch, will be charged with aggravated robbery and aggravated kidnapping. Police are working to identify a second man involved in the robbery who was described as thin, black, most likely in his 20s, with very short hair, police said.

On Tuesday afternoon, Erin Thurman, 18, was standing outside his broken down Nissan Maxima in a parking garage near the Green Hills movie theater waiting for automobile club assistance when an older model large sedan containing two men pulled up beside him, according to police. They robbed him at gunpoint of his wallet and cell phone before forcing him into the trunk of the Maxima, police said. Thurman was freed by a man doing repair work on the garage who heard the teen yelling and banging from inside his car.

Police are urging anyone who sees Gross or knows of his whereabouts to contact the Emergency Communications Center at 862-8600 or Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME (27463), or send an electronic message to Crime Stoppers by texting the word “CASH” along with their message to 274637 (CRIMES). Tips can also be sent through the Crime Stoppers Web site,

Gross was convicted of unlawful gun possession in June 2007 and was sentenced to 11 months and 29 days. He has also been charged by Metro officers six times this year with driving on a suspended license.

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3 Comments on this post:

By: MamaG on 6/4/09 at 2:02

Charged 6 times this year with driving on a suspended license? What the F are the police doing by letting these repeaters go free time after time? Obviously this kid is seriously messed up and in need of some serious help.

By: frank brown on 6/4/09 at 3:51

What would the police and the courts do to an ordinary citizen who charged six times with driving on a suspended license? What would the police do if I were pulled over and could not produce a valid drivers license? Did the police put this man in jail each time he was charged?

By: alexsmith3985 on 6/5/09 at 7:35

Mama and Frank: the officers make arrest and notify the courts of the action. It is the Courts, applying state law, that determines the outcome of the charge. In other words, police are not judge, jury and executioner. Your comments may be read as you think this is only a police matter, when in our system of justice the police start the process, not complete the process of criminal accountability...just an FYI