Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – A man was arrested this afternoon after entering the wrong home, wearing a gorilla costume and frightening a 6-year-old girl. This afternoon around 2:00 p.m., officers were summoned to a home in the 1900 block of Dunedin Drive to search for a suspect, wearing a gorilla costume, who unlawfully entered the back door of a house. A resident confronted the man in the backyard of their home after realizing he was just inside the home. The man ran, and he was eventually located by officers nearby on Portsmouth Court.
31-year-old Richard Muzick of Old Hickory
31-year-old Richard Muzick of Old Hickory was identified as the suspect. The investigation revealed that Muzick thought he was at someone else’s home and looking for another individual.
He was arrested and booked into the Wilson County Jail, charged with Aggravated Burglary.
Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Detectives and family are concerned about the whereabouts of a missing woman, and all are hoping to find her safe. 34-year-old Deavin Nicole Walker has not been heard from since Wednesday, February 26, 2020, and she was last known to be walking in the Willoughby Station neighborhood after telling a family member she was going to the store.
Walker left her residence wearing a white shirt with green sweatpants, and she had a cell phone that is no longer working. She is a black female, 5’3″ in height, weighing 125 pounds, having brown eyes, and brown hair in dreadlocks with highlighted tips. She frequently visited the Lebanon area in the past.
If anyone has any information about the whereabouts of Deavin Nicole Walker, they are urged 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. – Detectives are attempting to identify a man who fraudulently used a credit card that was stolen after the victim left it behind at a gas station. The suspect used the stolen card to make purchases at Target and Best Buy in Mt. Juliet on March 22, 2020. Surveillance video confirmed who used the stolen card, which is an unknown adult male.
Detectives hope someone in the community will recognize the suspect from the surveillance video so they can be apprehended.
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/ .
Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Two suspects, opening a line of credit in someone else’s name, stole over $17,000 in jewelry from a local jewelry store back in January and February. Both suspects targeted Kay Jewelers, at 401 S. Mt. Juliet Road, where one male and one female went in separately to fraudulently purchase jewelry using someone else’s identity under their line of credit.
The male suspect walked away with a $10,000 gold necklace and $500 watch, and the female left with a $6,000 diamond ring and $600 gold necklace.
Detectives hope someone in the community will recognize the suspects from the surveillance video so they can be apprehended.
Anyone with any information regarding these crimes 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/.
Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Since birthday parties or large gatherings are strongly discouraged under the Safer-at-Home COVID-19 precaution order, Mt. Juliet Police still want to ensure elementary school-aged children have a special birthday. During these unprecedented times, children with birthdays are missing out on opportunities to celebrate their birthday with a group of fellow friends and family. So, Mt. Juliet police officers still want to ensure their birthday is celebrated, taking stress off the child, and plan to visit children on or near their birthday to wish them a happy birthday. Of course, physical distancing guidelines will be followed, and officers will maintain the proper, safe distance. Still, officers will show up curbside, flash their blue lights, play “Happy Birthday” over the loudspeaker, and provide a small gift to the child who is celebrating their birthday.
Residents who reside in the city limits of Mt. Juliet, with an elementary school-aged child who has a birthday during the COVID-19 physical distancing period, are eligible for this opportunity. Parents or Guardians who want to arrange a visit for their little one should complete the following form to be contacted by a staff member, who will arrange the visit.
With the “Safer-at-Home” order expiring, birthday visits will not occur in May. Birthdays after 5/1 can include family, friends, and venues with appropriate physical distancing in accordance with CDC guidelines. Our officers celebrated 275 birthdays with kiddos who could not celebrate during the “Safer-at-Home” order.
Williamson County – An off-duty Mt. Juliet police officer, who graduated from the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy this week, intervened to help a person in a mental crisis on the Natchez Trace Parkway Bridge while he was riding motorcycles with his father. Around 1:30 p.m. this afternoon, Officer Jordan Brown noticed an adult female, standing in the middle of the bridge over Highway 96, gripping the guardrail and looking out over the edge.
Brown immediately stopped his motorcycle and engaged in conversation with the female, where he spoke with her for some time. He discovered she was undergoing a mental crisis and was contemplating suicide. Brown continued to talk with her and persuaded her to walk away from the edge. Brown then wrapped his arm around her shoulders, and together, they walked off the bridge to safety. Brown’s father, who was riding with him, did not realize Officer Brown stopped his motorcycle to assist the female, and he later witnessed him walking her to safety.
The female’s presence on the bridge was reported to the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, who dispatched a deputy to the scene. Brown spotted the deputy and flagged him down, where the deputy ensured the female received further care for her well-being.
“Jordan graduated the police academy this week, and he is already a shining example of the work police officers do to save lives,” stated Chief James Hambrick. “I’m grateful that he was placed in that moment so he could intervene to help a fellow human being in distress.”
Suicide affects everyone, and many in our community have likely been impacted in some way by suicide. Everyone has their demons and have felt backed into the corner at some point.
If anyone is feeling tired or backed into the corner and needs some help, they are encouraged to reach out. The department’s dispatchers, police officers, and medical responders are amazing, compassionate professionals who care about everyone and life.
National Suicide Prevention Hotline- 1 (800) 273-8255
Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Officers intercepted a wanted person, driving a stolen car, after the department’s Guardian Shield ALPR alerted on a plate associated with the stolen car. Around 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, 2020, officers began to look for a black, 2019 Ford Escape after Guardian Shield alerted on the tag as it crossed through the N. Mt. Juliet Road and Lebanon Road intersection. The vehicle was intercepted by officers on Mt. Juliet Road near Old Lebanon Dirt Road, and after it stopped in the Valley Center parking lot, suspects ran from the SUV. They were quickly apprehended, and two suspects were charged.
Further investigation revealed the car was reported stolen out of Lebanon on February 28, 2020. 34-year-old Michael Cousino of Watertown was arrested and booked into the Wilson County Jail, charged with Theft of Property, Evading Arrest, and Driving Without a License. 36-year-old Julia Ash of Lebanon was also arrested and booked into the Wilson County Jail, charged with Theft of Property and Evading Arrest.
Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – The barricaded person incident on Ridgecrest Drive, ended peacefully. Around 10:40 p.m. on Wednesday, March 19, officers were summoned to a home on Ridgecrest Dr to investigate an aggravated domestic assault, where the victim was punched and struck with a chair. When officers encountered the suspect, 33-year-old Brendan Negron, he advised officers he was not coming out of the house.
Mt. Juliet’s Crisis Negotiators, Special Response Team members, and a Critical Incident Management Team responded to the scene to resolve the incident and take Negron into custody on an aggravated assault warrant. Crisis Negotiators continued communications with Negron for an extended time to get him to surrender. During the event, the Special Response Team entered the home, and Negron surrendered to them around 2:45 a.m. on Thursday, March 19, 2020.
He was booked into the Wilson County Jail, charged with Aggravated Assault.
A booking photo was not available at the time of this release.
Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Mt. Juliet Police is currently on-scene of a barricaded person situation on Ridgecrest Drive, between E. Hill St and E. Caldwell St.
Around 10:40 p.m. on Wednesday, March 19, officers were summoned to a home on Ridgecrest Dr to investigate an aggravated domestic assault, where the victim was able to leave the home. The suspect advised officers he was not coming out of the home.
Adjacent neighbors are aware of the situation as a safety precaution. Ridgecrest Drive is currently closed while the situation is on-going. Special Response Team and Crisis Negotiators are on the scene and working to peacefully resolve the situation.
Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Officers intercepted a wanted person, driving a stolen car, after the department’s Guardian Shield ALPR alerted on a plate associated with the stolen car. Around 3:50 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18, 2020, officers began to look for a silver 1997 Mazda 626 after Guardian Shield alerted on the tag as it crossed through the N. Mt. Juliet Road and Interstate 40 interchange. The vehicle was intercepted by officers in the Arby’s parking lot, and the driver, 25-year-old Andrea Ledbetter of Maryville, was found to be wanted by the Blount County Sherriff’s Office for multiple felony, drug-related warrants. Ledbetter was also in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.
Andrea Ledbetter, 25, of Maryville
Further investigation revealed the car was reported stolen out of Athens, about 154 miles away from Mt. Juliet, on March 15, 2020. Ledbetter was arrested and booked into the Wilson County Jail, charged with Theft of Property, Simple Possession of Methamphetamine, and Drug Paraphernalia.