Teen crime spree ends after police chase

Sunday, June 28, 2009 at 12:09am
Staff Reports

Five teenagers suspected of being involved in a series of armed robberies in west and south Nashville overnight Friday are now off the streets.

Two adults and three juveniles were each charged Saturday morning — three were booked at Juvenile Court with six counts of aggravated robbery. They are being held in detention pending a hearing, Metro Police reported.

Robert Brooks, 18, of Viking Road, and Kendall Jenkins, 19, of Panorama Drive, were booked Saturday on six counts of aggravated robbery each. Jenkins is also charged with felony evading arrest, police said.

Brooks is being held in lieu of $600,000 bail. Jenkins’ bond is set at $620,000.

The five teens are charged with riding around and robbing citizens on Basswood Avenue and Elliott Avenue in west Nashville, and Murfreesboro Pike and Durrett Drive in south Nashville, police said.

According to reports, they wore bandanas and at least one of them carried a pistol.

“Tremendous coordination and outstanding police work by precinct detectives,
patrol officers, flex officers and police helicopter pilots ended this crime spree before
these dangerous teens could victimize anyone else,” Chief Ronal Serpas said.

Late Friday night, South Precinct Detective Derry Baltimore, who was working in an overtime capacity on a robbery detection initiative, spotted the suspects’ car traveling on Nolensville Pike near Cotton Lane, since it closely matched witnesses’ description of the getaway vehicle that had been broadcast in the west Nashville cases.

Police said when Baltimore activated his blue lights, the driver, identified as Jenkins, sped away. Officers gave chase with help from police helicopter pilots. The car eventually crashed on the County Hospital Road exit ramp from Briley Parkway.

The five suspects attempted to flee on foot, but were quickly apprehended, according to reports.

 

1 Comment on this post:

By: willtw on 6/29/09 at 10:52

The five teens are charged with riding around and robbing citizens on Basswood Avenue and Elliott Avenue in west Nashville, and Murfreesboro Pike and Durrett Drive in south Nashville, police said.

According to reports, they wore bandanas and at least one of them carried a pistol.

I really hope they didn't try to carry their pistol into city parks....after all, it is illegal, you know!