Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – A lone gunman entered Dollar General this evening, demanding cash from a store clerk. Around 8:40 p.m. on Tuesday, October 6, 2016, officers rushed to Dollar General (14390 Lebanon Road) after Mt. Juliet’s Emergency Communications Center received a 911 call of an armed robbery that had just occurred.
A slender black male, approximately 5’10” tall, wearing a black hooded-sweatshirt, white undershirt, blue jean pants, gray Nike tennis shoes with black Nike logos, and using the sweatshirt hood to cover his face, entered the store and confronted a clerk at the front cash register. The suspect demanded cash, which the clerk complied. After retrieving an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect ran out of the store, but his whereabouts after that is unknown. During the robbery, the suspect was carrying a silver semi-automatic handgun.
No one was injured during this incident. Investigators hope someone in the community will recognize the suspect and his clothing from the surveillance images.
Anyone with any information regarding this crime is encouraged to call the Mt. Juliet Police Department at (615) 754-2550. Information can also be given anonymously by calling (615) 754-TIPS (8477) or via the Mt. Juliet Police Department website at http://www.mjpd.org/ .
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Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Following a suspicious person call near local businesses, officers arrested a convicted felon who was intoxicated and armed with a handgun. Around 6:00 p.m. Wednesday evening, officers responded to the area of the Publix shopping center, located in the 600 block of S. Mt. Juliet Road, after citizens reported a man acting suspiciously. Callers to police dispatch stated that a man was wandering around the shopping center, approaching people, and stating he had just been robbed and needed help.
After arriving in the area, officers began to search for the man. He was eventually located by undercover Crime Suppression Unit officers in the parking lot of Holiday Inn with two other individuals that came to pick him up. Further investigation revealed that the man, identified as David Thornton, Jr, 36, of Lebanon, had just placed a handgun in the trunk of the car. Thornton also stated to officers that he had just been robbed and was under the influence of methamphetamine. His statements regarding a robbery were determined to be a false claim.
Thornton is a convicted felon with a violent criminal history. He was arrested and booked into the Wilson County Jail, charged with Public Intoxication, False Report, Possession of a Weapon While Under the Influence, and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon by a Felon. He is held under a $18,500.00 bond.
Theft Suspect, Wanted out of Three TN Counties & Texas, Runs from Police and Gets Held at Gunpoint by Citizen
Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – After a shoplifter stole from Walmart, fled and ran from officers, he was spotted and held at gunpoint by a citizen. This afternoon around 5:44 p.m., an officer gave chase of a shoplifting suspect who stole a hat and sunglasses, worth $37.00. The suspect ran into thick woods near the Triple Crown subdivision and Pleasant Grove Road, prompting officers to establish a perimeter in an effort to take the suspect into custody.
During the search, it was learned that the suspect, identified as James T. Handy, 36, of Lebanon, was wanted out of 3 Tennessee counties and Texas for various charges. A text alert message was sent via Mt. Juliet’s Nixle alert system to notify the public of the active search that included Handy’s description. Citizens began to help police spot Handy as they reported sightings during the search.
As officers pushed through the woods after the suspect, he ran into the Triple Crown neighborhood around 6:44 p.m. A citizen spotted Handy in his backyard, in the 5100 block of Citation Court, and the citizen held Handy at gunpoint until officers caught up. Handy was arrested and charged with Theft of Merchandise, Resisting Arrest, and Evading Arrest. He was also wanted out of Wilson County for Failure to Appear, Jackson County for Resisting Stop, Halt, Frisk and Evading Arrest, Smith County for Violation of Probation, and Texas for Larceny.
Deputies from the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office responded to assist in the search, and Mt. Juliet Police Department greatly appreciates their assistance.
Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Investigators are hoping the public can identify suspects involved in credit card fraud where they illegally used cloned cards. The alleged suspects’ actions were captured on Lowe’s surveillance video after they spent over $2.000.00 in four different transactions, using two different cloned cards on September 14, 2015.
At the time of the fraudulent transactions, the card owners still possessed their credit cards. However, at some point, the cards were skimmed and duplicated on a fraudulent card.
Two women were captured on surveillance video using the fraudulent cards, and investigators are hoping someone in the community will recognize the suspects.
Anyone with any information regarding the suspects are encouraged to call the Mt. Juliet Police Department at (615) 754-2550. Information can also be given anonymously by calling (615) 754-TIPS (8477) or via the Mt. Juliet Police Department website at http://www.mjpd.org/ .
Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – After a short vehicle pursuit, a group of 4 shoplifters were apprehended after stealing from Belk. Mt. Juliet Police were summoned to Belk department store in Providence Marketplace on Sunday afternoon around 5:30 p.m. after loss prevention reported a shoplifting group inside the store. It was reported to police that the group was working together to actively conceal items in bags while in the fitting rooms. Upon police arriving on the scene, the group left the store, jumped into a Nissan Altima, and took off.
Officers pursued the Altima out of Providence MarketPlace and onto Mt. Juliet Road, where traffic prevented the shoplifters from going further at the Interstate 40 overpass. Once the Altima was stopped, officers successfully apprehended two juveniles and two adults. $440.00 of stolen items from Belk was recovered from inside the car and returned to the store.
Further investigation revealed an additional $400.00 is merchandise in the car that was potentially stolen from Ross, Rue 21, and Old Navy. However, it has not been reported stolen at this time.
Tashara Anderson, 20, of Nashville was arrested, charged with Theft of Merchandise, Possession of Tools to Interfere with an Anti-theft device, and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor (2 counts).
Donte Fentress, 20, of Nashville was arrested, charged with Theft of Merchandise, Possession of Tools to Interfere with an Anti-theft device, and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor (2 counts).
Anderson ($4000 bond) and Fentress ($3500 bond) were booked into the Wilson County Jail.
A male juvenile, 17, of Nashville was charged with Theft of Merchandise, Evading Arrest, and Reckless Endangerment.
A female juvenile, 17, of Nashville was charged with Theft of Merchandise.
Mt. Juliet Police is Turning Up the Heat Against Crime with a Community Chili Cook-off and Open House
Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – In an effort to further strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, Mt. Juliet Police will be hosting an open house and community chili cook-off in October. The event, themed Turning Up the Heat Against Crime, should be a great opportunity for residents to meet and talk with neighbors, businesses, and members of the police department in a fun, friendly setting at police headquarters. The event will take place on Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Mt. Juliet Police Headquarters, located at 1019 Charlie Daniels Parkway.
Businesses and neighborhoods are encouraged to participate in the chili cook-off, and the public is invited to attend, eat chili, and check out police headquarters and equipment. There will be numerous displays of the Mt. Juliet Police Department’s resources and other law enforcement related equipment and technology. Representatives for the department will be on-hand to conduct guided tours of police headquarters during the event. Also, a DJ will be providing music for the event, and a kid’s fun zone will be out on the department’s front lawn.
Those interested in participating in the Chili Cook-off can visit www.mjpdnews.org/chilicookoff for more details.
Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Overnight, Car Burglars targeted unlocked cars Mt. Juliet neighborhoods. The thieves struck the neighborhoods of Hickory Hills, Willoughby Station, Park Glen, Timber Trail, and Oak Hall. If a car was left unlocked, it was likely targeted by the unknown individuals looking to make money off whatever valuables were left in the unsecured vehicle. As of 12:00 p.m. on Monday, August 24, 2015 a total of five Theft of Property from Auto reports were completed. One car had a .40 caliber Glock handgun stolen out of it.
“Car burglary is a crime of opportunity that is very easy for the thief to commit because so many people leave their car unlocked,” stated Mt. Juliet Police Lieutenant Tyler Chandler. “Car burglars typically operate in the early morning hours, hiding under the cover of darkness. Burglars run through neighborhoods, pulling on car door handles. After finding an unlocked car, the burglar then rummages through the car, looking for valuable items.”
It is believed that many of the car burglaries occur after 11:00 p.m. into the early morning hours. If a citizen sees someone acting suspiciously late at night, they are urged to call police.
It is easy to become complacent; however, residents and visitors should always take action to help prevent becoming a car burglary victim. Police offer the following advice:
- Always lock your car doors, even for quick stops or at home.
- Never leave valuables of any kind inside your vehicle. Hiding valuables may help, but it typically doesn’t work. If you must leave valuables in your car, put them in the trunk.
- Park in well-lit areas
- Stay alert, and call in any suspicious activity to the Mt. Juliet Police non-emergency number at (615) 754-2550.
Mt. Juliet Police is offering a $500 Cash Reward to information leading to the arrest and conviction of the car burglars operating in the community. Anyone with any information regarding the car burglars are encouraged to call the Mt. Juliet Police Department at (615) 754-2550. Information can also be given anonymously by calling (615) 754-TIPS (8477) or via the Mt. Juliet Police Department website at http://www.mjpd.org/ .
Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – A statutory rape suspect, wanted out of Georgia, was spotted in Mt. Juliet, and police have apprehended him. Around 11:30 a.m., Mt. Juliet Police received information that Michael Steven Lee, 22, of Georgia, was currently at the McDonald’s, located at 126 N. Mt. Juliet Road. He is wanted for Statutory Rape of a Child Under 16-years-old out of Thomas County, Georgia.
Prior to officers arriving on-scene at McDonald’s to apprehend Lee, he took off running towards the Stonegate mobile home community. Police immediately began searching for Lee, and he was eventually located around 12:35 p.m. An undercover Crime Suppression Unit officer spotted Lee running down Stonegate Court and gave chase. Lee was apprehended by the officer, and he is in custody. He will be booked into the Wilson County Jail, awaiting extradition to Georgia.
Police were made aware that Lee was wanted out of Georgia because he told a McDonald’s employee that he was wanted by police. The employee then told a patron of McDonald’s, who notified police.
Suspect Apprehended. Media Release on Apprehension here: http://wp.me/p2PLBh-rD
Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – A statutory rape suspect out of Georgia has been spotted in Mt. Juliet, and police are currently searching for him. Around 11:30 a.m., Mt. Juliet Police received information that Michael Steven Lee, 22, of Georgia, was currently at the McDonald’s, located at 126 N. Mt. Juliet Road. He is wanted for Statutory Rape of a Child Under 16-years-old out of Thomas County, Georgia.
Prior to officers arriving on-scene at McDonald’s to apprehend Lee, he took off running towards the Stonegate mobile home community. Police think Lee is still in the area of Mt. Juliet Road around the Interstate 40 retail areas, and police are currently searching for him. It is believed that Lee is homeless and on the run.
Michael Steven Lee is described as a 22-year-old light-skinned black male that is 5’10” tall and weighs 145 pounds. He is shirtless and wearing khaki pants.
Investigators Hoping to Identify Credit Card Fraud Suspects; Suspects Used Victim’s Card Info Without Actually Having Possession of Card
Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Investigators are hoping to identify suspects caught on camera using someone’s credit card information. The victim discovered that someone had compromised her credit card information after her card was declined when she attempt to make a purchase. She reported the fraudulent use of credit card to police, and investigators began to look into her case.
On Sunday, May 31, 2015 a purchase of over $300 was made at a Walgreens in Manchester, Tennessee. Video surveillance was obtained, and it showed three different suspects making the purchase with the victim’s credit card information. During the purchase, the clerk asked for identification, and the identification and card holder name matched. It appears that the victim had her credit card information skimmed, and the information was placed on a different card for the fraudulent use.
Investigators hope someone in the community will recognize the suspects from the surveillance video so they can be apprehended.
If anyone has a feeling that they possibly know the suspects responsible for this crime, they are encouraged to call the Mt. Juliet Police Department at (615) 754-2550. Information can also be given anonymously by calling (615) 754-TIPS (8477) or via the Mt. Juliet Police Department website at http://www.mjpd.org/ .