Metro Police Department South Precinct detectives are continuing to investigate Thursday morning’s reported kidnapping of a 43-year-old Nashville woman, allegedly by an acquaintance she has known for the past several years.
The acquaintance, Tetorian Darvan Cooper, 31, is a convicted felon who is also wanted for the Aug. 18 armed robbery of the Mapco convenience market at 18 E. Thompson Lane, where the female in the overnight case, Denise Miller, works as a day manager. Miller was present during the robbery. However, despite knowing Cooper for the past several years, she did not identify him to detectives, police said.
Cooper was developed as a suspect based on a witness recording the license plate number of the getaway car, police said. Another Mapco employee identified Cooper as the robber after being shown a photo line-up. The likely involvement by others in that robbery case remains under investigation.
In the incident overnight, Miller said that Cooper confronted her as she walked out of her East Thompson Lane apartment at 9 p.m. Wednesday and, at gunpoint, made her drive him around. At 5 a.m., Miller and Cooper allegedly arrived back at Miller’s apartment so that she could retrieve a set of keys. Miller returned to the Kia SUV but before doing so, told her adult son what was occurring and police were notified.
Officers located the vehicle at Mashburn and Ennis Roads, near the Mapco on East Thompson Lane, police said. Cooper allegedly fled on foot when he saw the police car. Miller was unharmed.
Based on their interview with Miller, detectives are obtaining a kidnapping warrant naming Cooper, who received a six-year sentence in 2006 for an aggravated assault conviction. He is now wanted on three charges: aggravated robbery, aggravated kidnapping and felony probation violation.
Anyone knowing Cooper’s whereabouts is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME. Citizens can also send an electronic tip to Crime Stoppers by texting the word “CASH” along with their message to 274637 (CRIMES) or online at www.nashvillecrimestoppers.com .
Persons who contact Crime Stoppers by phone or text message can remain anonymous and qualify for a cash reward.