Premeditated robbery scheme foiled, suspect tied to other cases
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. -
Four suspects were taken into custody for a violent home invasion in Clarksville during which police discovered ties to two separate robberies.
According to a Clarksville police news release, the four men planned a robbery scheme to forcefully take money from a Nottingham Drive home whose homeowner was rumored to have large sums of money and drugs.
The suspects proceeded with their plan, approached the home just before 2 a.m. Wednesday and came upon a car sitting outside.
A man and woman were sitting in the car and a confrontation ensued. The man was hit in the head several times with a handgun and the woman ran into the house and locked herself inside a bedroom.
Two of the suspects, Lawrence Gillen II and Timothy Ogburn, followed her into the home and attempted to break down the bedroom door.
The noise from the suspects pounding on the door woke up someone sleeping in an adjacent room which prompted him to open the door and discover the suspects pointing a rifle at him. He slammed the door shut and called 911.
Gillen repeatedly kicked the door until it became unhinged during which he and the victim fought over the gun. The gun was discharged twice before the victim was able to wrestle the gun away.
Gillen and Ogburn fled the house. During which, the other two suspects, Gregory Elliot and Willie Collins, heard the shots fired while guarding the man in the car outside, and also ran.
The four suspects fled in a getaway car, which was followed by the man sitting outside the house in his car. Another man, who came by the house, jumped in with him as they pursued the suspects.
During the pursuit, the men called police and kept them informed of the situation and their location.
Gillen and Ogburn fired bullets in the air and at the victims from the back seat. Eventually, the victims lost track of the suspects.
Officers spotted the suspect vehicle around 2:15 a.m. near Tiny Town and Needmore roads.
The suspects were taken into custody.
Upon an investigation, detectives discovered that Gillen was linked to two other robberies that occurred earlier in the week.
During that incident, Gillen along with Devain Peterson robbed two women on Mr. C. Drive and two men in the 1400 block of Tiny Town Road between Midnight and 1 a.m. Monday.
All of the suspects were booked into the Montgomery County jail and face numerous charges including aggravated robbery, reckless endangerment and aggravated burglary.
Gillen's bond was set at $400,000 and Peterson faces a $200,000 bond.
Collins and Elliot's bonds were set at $100,000 while Ogburn's was set at $85,000.
Police said all men have previous criminal histories.
At the time of the incident, Ogburn was on parole for aggravated robbery and Collins was recently released on bond for domestic assault.
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