Marvell Thomas, 31, was arrested Monday afternoon, after police say he and an accomplice forced their way into a home in the 5900 block of Morrow Road where shots were fired during an apparent drug related robbery.
The victim reported that Thomas held him at gunpoint while the second man stole items from the residence. As Thomas left, he fired a shot toward the man. The suspects also confronted a woman outside the house before driving off in a rented silver Toyota Camry. When she followed them in her vehicle, they fired shots toward her. She was able to provide police with the license plate number of the Camry.
Officers reached the rental company which provided the GPS coordinates for the Camry. A police helicopter pilot then located the suspect vehicle while officers on the ground followed. The Camry crashed on Gallatin Pike at Douglas Avenue. Thomas was taken into custody after a brief foot pursuit. A semi-automated pistol and a backpack taken from the victims’ residence were recovered from inside the Camry. Methamphetamine was recovered from Thomas’ person. Thomas, who admitted to being at the residence, was positively identified as the robber.
Marvell Thomas, who has previous convictions for aggravated robbery, sexual battery, and felony drug possession, is facing the following charges aggravated robbery, kidnapping, aggravated burglary, aggravated assault, assaulting a police officer, evading arrest, felon in possession of a handgun, gun possession during the commission of a dangerous felony, and sex offender registration violations. Detectives are working to identify the second suspect.