Sept. 2021 Auto Burglaries Suspect

Police say this man used a stolen credit card at the Gallatin Pike Kroger last week and left in a black Cadillac CTS.

Student charged with

bringing gun to school

School resource officers at Hillwood High School on Monday arrested a 17-year-old 12th grader for carrying a 9 mm handgun loaded with eight rounds in his backpack. The gun was discovered during a random search by school officials.

The teen was charged at juvenile detention with unlawful gun possession on school property.

— Staff Report

Police investigate self-defense

claim in fatal shooting

A self-defense claim is under investigation in regard to Sunday morning’s fatal shooting of Benjamin Baker, 36, on the Shelby Street pedestrian bridge.

A review of surveillance video shows Baker, who was wearing a ski mask, walk up behind a 20-year-old man on the bridge. Baker appeared to pull out a handgun before confronting the man, Metro police say. After an apparent exchange of gunfire between the two, Baker was shot in the chest and the 20-year-old was struck in the leg. Baker was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he died.

During an interview, the 20-year-old, who sustained non-life-threatening injuries, told detectives that he shot Baker in self-defense. Both handguns were recovered.

The investigation, which is being led by Homicide Unit Detective Trevor VonDohlen, is continuing.

— Staff Report

Detectives look for

auto burglary suspect

East Precinct detectives are working to identify a man involved in at least three auto burglaries in Shelby Park after which the victims’ credit cards were used at Kroger on Gallatin Pike.

The latest break-in occurred last Tuesday afternoon. The 31-year-old victim reported that he parked his SUV in the Shelby Park Community Center lot on South 20th Street near Shelby Avenue about 3 p.m. When he returned about 45 minutes later, his driver’s side window was broken out and his wallet, which had been in the center console, was missing. His credit card was used a short time later at the Gallatin Pike Kroger to purchase a $500 Visa gift card. The suspect left the Kroger in a black Cadillac CTS.

Anyone who recognizes the suspect, who wore an Atlanta Braves ballcap, from the accompanying surveillance photo is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and qualify for a cash reward.

— Staff Report

Police: Man broke into Antioch

home, set room on fire

A man has been booked on charges of aggravated burglary, assaulting a police officer and vandalism after police say he forced his way into a home in the 3700 block of Hamilton Church Road early Monday morning.

The homeowner called police at 4:30 a.m. to report that a man had broken in through the back door. He and a second person in the house hid until police arrived to safely escort them outside. Meanwhile, the man who broke into the home went into a bedroom on the second floor and shut the door.

For more than an hour, officers gave repeated verbal commands for the man to surrender himself, but he refused. He then began to vandalize the bedroom, breaking out the window and throwing furniture outside. He lit items on fire and tossed those out the window, yelling, “There’s a fire and I can’t breathe.” He ultimately jumped out of the window, landing on the victim’s car. Officers took him into custody. Nashville Fire Department personnel were on the scene and extinguished the blaze.

His bond is set at $75,000. — Staff Report

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