Less than two weeks after a Hendersonville man was robbed of his car at gun point in the driveway of his Chipwood Drive home, Hendersonville police announced on Saturday the arrest of four 'violent criminals' believed to have ties to gang activity in Metro Nashville.
During a press conference in his office at police headquarters, Chief Mickey Miller detailed a 10-day man hunt in which local police spent countless hours tracking four suspects throughout Middle Tennessee, with one arrest being made as far away as Florida.
Two adults and two juveniles have been charged with aggravated robbery and two counts of theft over $1,000, and police say more charges are expected against the four who are believed to have also robbed at least one Metro Nashville gun shop.
Charged are Deion Boyd and Traivon Bohannon, both 18 of Nashville; and a 16-year-old juvenile and a 17-year-old juvenile.
Miller said all four are believed to be a part of a violent gang in Metro Nashville but would not elaborate on the gang name or the possible charges the four face in other jurisdictions.
Miller said the incident in which the men face charges in Hendersonville started in the early hours of June 7 when Hendersonville police spotted a car in the parking lot of Guns N Leather on West Main Street. Miller said the suspects appeared to be "casing" the area, and when police ran a check on the tags, they discovered that the car was stolen. The suspects fled police and abandoned the car north of Vietnam Veterans Boulevard, he said. They then began looking for other cars to steal in the area of Chipwood Drive when they robbed the Hendersonville man at gun point.
Police arrested Boyd in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on Monday. The 17-year-old suspect was arrested in Bellevue on Wednesday. Bohannon was arrested by police in Laverne on Thursday, according to police.
The fourth suspect, a 16-year-old juvenile was arrested by police in Antioch at around 6:15 p.m. on Friday.
The juvenile had bragged that this was his 101st arrest, according to Miller. Miller said they were able to verify that the juvenile had been arrested 97 times.
"We will not tolerate violent crime in Hendersonville," Miller said, adding that police will use whatever resources necessary to catch the criminals.
Miller said his department worked with several jurisdictions during the investigation and apprehension of the suspects including the Metro Nashville Police Department, The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the Lavergne Police Department, Smyrna Police Department and the Broward County, Fla., Sheriff's Department.
"We will always do what it takes when violent crime comes to Hendersonville," Miller added.
HPD Lt. Scott Ryan reinforced the severity of the crimes the four are charged with.
"This is a game to these folks that are doing these crimes," said Ryan. "It's like a joke to them. It's like they're playing a video game or something."
Detention hearings for the juveniles have been scheduled for next week. Boyd and Bohannon are scheduled to appear in Sumner Count General Sessions Court on July 12. They are both being held on a $500,000 bond.
Police: No evidence now that car jackings are related
The Chipwood Drive incident was the second carjacking in a 24-hour time period in Hendersonville. Hendersonville police responded to a reported carjacking on Heron's Nest Lane in the Chesapeake Harbor subdivision at around 3 a.m. June 6. The female victim told police that a black male threatened her with a weapon and stole her car. She also said that there were two other black males present.
Miller said Saturday police have no evidence so far that connects that incident with the one on Chipwood Drive.
He said police are continuing to investigate the Chesapeake Harbor incident. Miller asked last week for extra funds to submit DNA in both incidents to a private lab to speed up the investigation. Mayor Jamie Clary approved the request. Miller said he hopes to get those results back in a week or so.
Both Miller and Clary reinforced their commitment to solving violent crimes in Hendersonville.
"I appreciate what our chief, assistant chief officers and detectives have accomplished," Clary said in a written statement following Saturday's press conference. "Their hard work tracking these criminals all over Davidson County and Florida. We are willing to spend resources to catch these criminals because the safety of our citizens is our top priority. Our message is very clear: If you commit these crimes in Hendersonville you will be caught, arrested and prosecuted."