Bradford Jo Gardner is currently in custody of the Davidson County Sheriff’s Department on an $11,000 bond. According to police affidavits, Gardner was hanging out with his ex girlfriend at a friend’s house, where they had been for a couple of days at that time. His ex-girlfriend left to go to work, and later returned to the friend’s home, and began arguing with Gardner, as she did not wish to physically be around his friend, nor talk to him. In short order, Gardner turned the argument physical. Gardner grabbed her by the shirt collar to the point she could not speak or breathe. He then struck her three times in the back of the head, according to the affidavit. She was able to break free and run to the bedroom, at which point Gardner followed her, where he continued his assault and then he put a gun to the back of her head and said “If you don’t stop screaming, I’ll Shoot you.
Of course this isn’t the first time Bradford Gardner has been in trouble for assault or vandalism. Here’s an incident with his grandmother:
The victim states that the defendant had several friends at her house and when she approached him about having them leave he pushed, grabbed her arms and shoved her causing her to fall to the ground. The defendant has been acting violent towards the victim and destroying her house. The defendant is the victim’s grandson.
The defendant punched holes in the victim’s walls damaging her home. The holes are in several places in her house. The defendant also punched a door that had to be replaced. The defendant is the victim’s grandson.
Just days prior to this incident, Gardner was charged with Vandalism, after he broke into the same ex-girlfriend’s house, kicked in her door, and destroyed her glass coffee table, vacuum cleaner, cell phone, and knocked over her refrigerator.
ON 08/29/2017 OFFICERS RESPONDED TO DISPATCHED CALL AT xxx HENRY HALE BLVD FOR WHAT WAS CODED AS A BURGLARY IN PROGRESS. UPON ARRIVAL OFFICERS MADE CONTACT WITH MS. xxx WHO STATED THAT HER EX-BOYFRIEND MR. BRADFORD GARDNER SHOWED UP TO HER RESIDENCE AND KICKED IN HER FRONT DOOR CAUSING FRAME DAMAGE. MR. GARDNER THEN BEGAN DESTROYING MS. xxx’ PROPERTY. MS. xxx STATED THAT MR. GARDNER BROKE HER GLASS COFFEE TABLE, VACUUME, CELLPHONE AND KNOCKED OVER HER FRIDGE. AT THIS POINT MS. xxx CALLED PD AND MR. GARDNER FLED THE SCENE.
Also not the first time his anger was taken out against an ex-girlfriend:
Police were called to xxx E. Trinity Ln. for a report of a domestic disturbance that occurred at xxx Porter Rd Apt. xxx. The victim stated that at approx. 2130hrs, on 2-17-2015, she was assaulted by her child’s father, Bradford Gardner. victim stated that Bradford picked up her phone while he was at her apartment and noticed that someone was texting her. victim stated that Bradford then became irate and started to yell and curse at her. victim stated that during the verbal confrontation Bradford started to become physically violent and started to assault her. victim stated that the Bradford at one point did put his hands around her neck in an attempt to choke her but she was not being choked to the point to where she was unable to breath. victim has visible injury to the face and neck resulting from the physical altercation, which were consistent with her statement. victim did state that she did fight back to protect herself. Warrants are being taken out on victim behalf due to victim not wanting to prosecute.
And yet another assault on a woman:
The victim advised that she was trying to get to her phone to call police when the defendant, Mr. Gardner, began to assault her. The victim advised that the defendant pushed her onto the bed in the bedroom and kicked her in the legs in an attempt for her to drop the phone. The victim advised that when she got the phone near her face, the defendant tried grabbing the phone. As a result, the victim has scratches on her neck from the defendant’s finger nails.
Orders of Protection, be damned:
The victim advised that she opened the door after hearing a knock, and the defendant was standing at the door. The victim stated that the defendant then came inside her residence and assaulted her. This contact violated the ex parte order of protection.
I WAS DISPATCHED TO THE LOCATION ON DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE CALL.WHEN I ARRIVED TO THE SCENE THE SUSPECT WAS NOT PRESENT. THE VICTIM STATED THAT EARLIER THE SUSPECT CAME BY HER PLACE .THE VICTIM AND THE SUSPECT START ARGUING BECAUSE THE VICTIM HAS ORDER OF PROTECTION AGAINST HIM AND SHE TRIED TO MAKE HIM GO AWAY. THE SUSPECT THEN GOT ANGRY AND STARTED TO SWINGING ARMS AND HITTING THE VICTIM. THE VICTIM STATED THAT THE SUSPECT HIT HER WITH CLOSED FIST TWO TIMES AND SEVERAL TIMES WITH OPEN HANDS. THE SUSPECT THEN GRABBED THE VICTIM AND SLAMMED HER HEAD AGAINST THE WALL. AS A RESULT OF FIGHT THE VICTIM HAS VISIBLE SCRATCHES ON LEFT SIDE OF HER FACE.THE SUSPECT ALSO BROKE THE VICTIM’S CELL PHONE.THE VICTIM HAS TEMPORARY ORDER OF PROTECTION.
OFFICERS RESPONDED TO A FIGHT CALL AT THE ZMART ON GALLATIN AVE (927 GALLATIN.) THE DISPATCHER ADVISED THAT ONE OF THE SUBJECTS INVOLVED WAS BRADFORD GARDNER (DEFENDANT.) OFFICERS ARE FAMILIAR WITH THE DEFENDANT AND HE WAS KNOWN TO HAVE ACTIVE WARRANTS. WHEN OFFICERS ARRIVED ON SCENE, THE DEFENDANT WAS NOTICED STANDING BEHIND THE VEHICLE HE HAD BEEN DRIVING. OFFICERS ATTEMPTED TO DETAIN THE DEFENDANT FOR THE OUTSTANDING WARRANTS AND HE IMMEDIATELY PUT HIS HAND IN HIS RIGHT SHORTS POCKET AND SAT DOWN. OFFICERS PULLED THE DEFENDANT’S HANDS OUT OF HIS POCKETS AND HE WAS HANDCUFFED. OFFICERS THEN FOUND A PLASTIC BAG ON THE GROUND WHERE THE DEFENDANT SAT DOWN AND IT CONTAINED A WHITE POWDER SUBSTANCE THAT APPEARED TO BE COCAINE. OFFICERS THEN WATCHED VIDEO INSIDE THE GAS STATION AND THE DEFENDANT WAS OBSERVED PULLING UP IN THE VEHICLE HE WAS STANDING BEHIND. OFFICERS WALKED AROUND THAT VEHICLE AND NOTICED A HANDGUN UNDER THE FRONT DRIVER SEAT WHERE THE DEFENDANT HAD BEEN SEATED. THE HANDGUN WAS A BERSA .380 AND IT WAS LOADED WITH A MAGAZINE INSERTED AND ONE ROUND IN THE CHAMBER. A CRIMINAL SEARCH OF THE DEFENDANT FOUND THAT HE IS A CONVICTED FELON WITH HIS LAST FELONY CONVICTION IN 2014, (2014-0057174, GS662627.) OFFICERS FURTHER INVESTIGATED THE WHITE POWDER SUBSTANCE AND NOTICED THAT IT WAS CONTAINED IN SEVERAL SMALL PLASTIC BAGS THAT HAD BEEN PLACED IN ONE LARGER PLASTIC BAG. THE PACKAGING WAS CONSISTENT WITH HOW NARCOTICS ARE PACKAGED FOR SALE. THE OWNER OF THE VEHICLE (JACQUELINE SULLIVAN, DL# 110191367) RESPONDED TO THE SCENE TO TAKE CONTROL OF THE VEHICLE. CONSENT WAS GIVEN BY THE DEFENDANT AND OWNER TO SEARCH THE VEHICLE. OFFICERS ALSO FOUND A CIGARETTE PACK IN THE PASSENGER SEAT THAT CONTAINED A $1 DOLLAR BILL. THE BILL WAS FOLDED UP AND IT ALSO CONTAINED A WHITE POWDER SUBSTANCE. THE WHITE POWDER SUBSTANCE CONTAINED IN THE PLASTIC BAG AND CIGARETTE PACK FIELD TESTED POSITIVE FOR COCAINE. DEFENDANT WAS ADVISED OF HIS MIRANDA RIGHTS AND HE STATED THAT THE NARCOTICS AND HANDGUN BELONGED TO HIM AND THAT HE WAS IN POSSESSION OF ALL THE PROPERTY. DEFENDANT ALSO STATED HE JUST TRIED TO THROW THE PLASTIC BAG OF COCAINE OUT OF HIS POCKET SO HE WOULDN’T GET IN ANY MORE TROUBLE. DEFENDANT’S PERSONAL BELONGINGS WERE RELINQUISHED TO THE VEHICLE OWNER AT THE DEFENDANT’S REQUEST. THE COCAINE AND HANDGUN WERE SEIZED AS EVIDENCE AND TURNED IN TO THE MNPD PROPERTY SECTION FOR STORAGE.THE WEIGHT OF THE COCAINE IN THE PLASTIC BAGS WAS APPROXIMATELY 4.6 GRAMS. THE WEIGHT OF THE COCAINE IN THE FOLDED DOLLAR BILL WAS APPROXIMATELY .1 GRAMS. DEFENDANT WAS, IN FACT, INVOLVED IN AN ALTERCATION WITH ANOTHER PARTY BUT THE ALTERCATION HAD STOPPED JUST BEFORE OFFICERS ARRIVED. THE PARTIES WERE NOT RELATED DOMESTICALLY IN ANY WAY AND THEY REFUSED ASSISTANCE WITH REPORTING THE INCIDENT.
Definitely a gun in his home, and he is a convicted felon:
Officers were dispatched on 09/05/2017 at 2245 hours to xxx Carter St in response to a domestic incident in progress. Upon my arrival I made contact with the victim (xxx ) who stated she and her ex-boyfriend defendant (Bradford Gardner) had been hanging out at their friend’s house xxx Carter St for the last couple of days. The victim said she left the residence because she had work and when she returned around 9:30pm the defendant and her began to argue. The victim said the argument was over her not wanting to talk too or be around the defendant’s friend and it made him upset. The victim said the argument quickly escalated into a physical assault where the defendant grabbed the collar of her shirt so tight that it impeded her airway to the point where she could not speak or breathe. The victim said as the defendant was holding her by the shirt, she bent over and as she was moving the defendant struck her in the back of the head three times with a closed fist. The victim said she was able to break free from the defendant’s grip and ran into the back bedroom and the defendant followed her. The victim said once inside the bedroom the defendant continued to assault and put a gun to the back of her head and said if you don’t stop screaming I’ll shoot you. The witness said he saw the altercation that took place in the living room between the victim and the defendant but did not see what happened while they were in the bedroom.