Andy Davis, 65, has an extensive criminal record including 334 charges in Davidson County since 1982.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -
Metro police are asking downtown businesses to be on the lookout for 65-year-old Andy Davis.
Davis has an extensive criminal record including 334 charges in Davidson County since 1982.
Davis is also charged with stabbing people more than a dozen times since then and has recently been released from jail.
"This individual has been a problem in the downtown area," said Commander Jason Reinbold, of Central Precinct. "He's very noticeable, he likes attention to himself so when he acts out like this, this is when law enforcement needs to be involved so we can ensure the safety of not only the people in the area but also himself."
Metro police say they are trying to identify problem individuals, such as Davis, to prevent them from causing problems and committing crimes.
"It is more of an effort on our end," explained Reinbold. "Central Precinct so far year to date is having the best year ever in the downtown area when it comes to crime. We're having the lowest amount of crime ever."
Commander Reinbold added they want to keep it that way.
"Since we're able to reduce crime to such of a low figure, we're now able to be more detailed in our efforts," said Commander Reinbold, "And one of those efforts we want to do is identify potential problem people, and that's how this person came about."
It's an idea welcomed by downtown businesses, like Dough Joe's Hotdogs, on the corner of Second Avenue and Broadway.
"We like to see the place cleaned up of those situations. Not necessarily people, but those situations that are not an enjoyable environment," said Bill Hall.
Hall is co-owner of Dough Joe's Hotdogs, which has been downtown for two years, and relies heavily on tourists.
"A safe environment for both our residents here, as well as tourists is very important to the lifeblood of the city, because if they don't have an enjoyable experience, they won't come back," Hall told Nashville's News 2. "
Nashville's News 2 asked the Davidson County District Attorney's Office why Davis is out on the streets if he's been charged with so many crimes.
The D.A.'s office said it is common for homeless individuals to rack up dozens, if not hundreds of charges, because they are often booked for misdemeanors, like public intoxication, jailed for a few days, then quickly re-offend.
In Davis' case, he was charged with a more serious crime of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in 2010.
It could not go to trial as anticipated, because of problems with victim testimony.
To prevent the case from being dismissed, the D.A.'s office said they offered Davis a deal, probation with no jail time and a requirement Davis participate in a mental health program.
The D.A.'s office told Nashville's News 2 Davis' most recent charge of public intoxication puts him in violation of this probation; Davis can be re-arrested and may have to serve out his original sentence of six years and one month in jail.