18-year-old Javonte Gordon entered the Downtown Wine and Spirits on 2nd Avenue with three juvenile co-defendants on July 20. Once inside, the entire group reportedly worked in concert to steal approximately $100 worth of candy. Police say Gordon distracted the clerk, Silas Lunsford, by engaging in conversation and even purchasing some candy. The other three allegedly blocked the view of the clerk and stole the candy without paying. The entire incident was captured on the store’s surveillance cameras, and Detective Riley Brewer identified the defendants through the video, and warrants were issued in August. Gordon was taken into custody last week on the charge of theft of merchandise.
33-year-old Roman Swanagan, locally known as rapper ‘BuckBills,’ was jailed Friday night after police found narcotics and a handgun during a traffic stop. Swanagan was driving a silver Audi that was going 80 mph in a 70 mph zone. The vehicle smelled of marijuana, and the passengers explained they had just left a location where people were smoking weed. During a search of the vehicle, officers located 4 grams of cocaine. A Ruger handgun was found under the driver’s seat. A second handgun was found in the center console, which was claimed by a passenger. Swanagan was in possession of over $7,000 cash and two cell phones which police say is a common indicator of street-level narcotic sales. Swanger denied using narcotics.
19-year-old Damondre Hayes faces multiple weapon and drug charges after an officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle he was a passenger in on January 26 when the license plate returned as not on file and did not have a functioning license plate light. As officers approached the red Nissan Altima, a bag of marijuana was in plain view in the front seat. All occupants were removed, and Hayes was found with 5.5 grams of cocaine, 31.6 grams of marijuana, and a Glock handgun.
19-year-old Terrelle Butler is free on a $15,000 bond after he was found driving a stolen 2018 Jeep Compass in East Nashville on June 8th. He was initially observed driving the vehicle by police the day prior to his arrest. At the time he was taken into custody he had just exited the vehicle, discarded the keys, and had entered an apartment on Porter Road.
20-year-old Kesean Smith was charged with evading arrest, felon in possession of a firearm, and unlawful possession of a weapon when police approached him based on him “displaying characteristics consistent with an armed individual”. Smith ran from police and when they caught him, they found a handgun in the immediate area.