NASHVILLE- Three Nashville, Tennessee, men and a Nashville woman face federal charges following a multi-agency lawsuit that began in Nashville and ended in Clarksville, Tennessee, U.S. Attorney Mark H. Wildasin for the Central District of Tennessee.
Javon Kelly, 20, Juan Rodriguez, 19, I’yendale Byrd, 18, and Armesia Newsom, 18, were charged Friday in a criminal complaint with carjacking and brandishing a firearm during and in connection with a violent crime.
According to the criminal complaint, on May 11, 2022, detectives from the Nashville Metropolitan Police Department (MNPD) TITANS Unit were conducting surveillance in the Cumberland Pointe apartment area, after receiving information from the FBI about a planned shooting. , which needed to be done. by a member of the Vice Lords Gang. Detectives observed Kelly and Rodriguez, who were armed with handguns, enter a vehicle driven by Newsom and also occupied by Byrd. Detectives continued to monitor the car as it traveled recklessly down Buena Vista Pike.
An MNPD detective attempted to stop the car, but it flew into Montgomery County and hit a lamppost in Clarksville, after which the suspects fled on foot. While being chased by Clarksville police officers, the suspects approached a Chevrolet Silverado truck, pointed their guns at the driver and ordered him to get off the truck. The suspects then entered the truck and fled again, before crashing in Clarksville and being apprehended. At the time of the arrest, five firearms had been recovered from the suspects.
If convicted, the defendants face a mandatory minimum sentence of seven years, and up to life in prison.
US Attorney Wildasin praised the cooperative effort of all agencies in apprehending these defendants, including the FBI; the MNPD TITANS team and aviation unit; the Tennessee Highway Patrol Aviation Unit; and the Clarksville Police Department. Special Assistant to the U.S. Attorney Steven Brantley is pursuing the case.
Accusations are just accusations. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.
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