Police link 3 men to recent robberies, rape - WKRN News 2

Police link 3 men to recent robberies, rape

Posted: Updated: Nov 17, 2013 10:29 AM CST
Ivy Dobson Ivy Dobson
Dequan Bertrand Dequan Bertrand
Brian Frelix Brian Frelix
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Metro police have linked three men to a violent attack in the parking lot of the Opry Mills Mall and the rape of woman on her way to work in October.

Ivy Dobson, 19, was arrested Friday in connection with the robbery of a woman in the parking lot of Opry Mills Mall on October 15.

Dobson is charged with two co-defendants, Dequan Bertrand and Brian Frelix, both 19. Bertrand and Frelix are currently in the Williamson County jail in connection to a home invasion in Brentwood on October 12.

All three men are also under indictment in Nashville for raping a woman on October 15.

In the Opry Mills case, Bertrand is accused of approaching a 66-year-old as she entered her car.

The woman said Bertrand allegedly opened the driver's door, put a gun to her neck and ordered her to remove her seatbelt. The woman fought back and caused him to flee.  Dobson and Frelix were allegedly waiting in the getaway vehicle.

From Opry Mills, the three are alleged to have driven to the area of Spence Enclave Lane where a woman was preparing to leave for work.

According to police, the woman opened her front door and a man forced his way inside.

The man, later identified as Bertrand, allegedly raped the victim at gunpoint and robbed her of several items, including an SUV.

Dobson and Frelix are alleged to have been in the immediate area of the victim's home, but did not go inside.

In addition to attempted aggravated robbery in the Opry Mills case, Bertrand has been charged with three counts of aggravated rape, aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and using a firearm in the commission of a dangerous felony in regard to the rape case.

Dobson and Frelix are also charged with aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and using a firearm in the commission of a dangerous felony for being with Bertrand.

Dobson is being held in the Metro jail in lieu of $100,000 bond.

Bertrand and Frelix are expected to be brought to Nashville from Williamson County next week to be booked on the Davidson County indictment.

Bertrand and Frelix remain under investigation concerning their potential involvement in other Davidson County crimes.

Anyone with information about them is urged to call Metro police investigators at 615-862-6993.

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