Roderic Gaines Jr pulls handgun from case of orange soda at Hermitage swimming pool in robbery attempt

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Metro Nashville Police say 24-year-old Roderic Gaines Jr was at a swimming pool at the Park at Hermitage apartments July 11th when someone accidentally bumped into him. He reportedly got into a verbal argument with that person and their friend, identified as Shemica Sales. The argument continued as Sales gathered her belongings to leave the pool area, at which time Gaines followed Sales to the parking lot where she was loading her things into a vehicle. Gaines then pulled a handgun from a 12-pack box of orange soda, pointed it at her, and stated: “give me everything you got!” placing her in fear. She got into the vehicle and fled the parking lot as he fired a shot into the air.

Roderic Gaines Jr. (MNPD)
Roderic Gaines Jr. (MNPD)

Roderic D Gaines Jr, of Hermitage Park Drive in Hermitage,was booked into the Metro Nashville Jail on July 11th, charged with felony attempted robbery, and two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Gaines also had two outstanding warrants related to a domestic violence incident from May of 2021. He is free on a $63,500 bond.

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