2 charged after woman robbed in east Nashville driveway - WKRN News 2

2 charged after woman robbed in east Nashville driveway

Posted: Updated: Aug 04, 2014 06:17 PM
Christopher Martin, 22 Christopher Martin, 22
Nakesha Brown, 21 Nakesha Brown, 21

Two people were arrested Sunday night after they reportedly robbed a woman at gunpoint in the driveway of her east Nashville home.

The victim had just returned from the store around 5 p.m. when she noticed a man walking up her driveway on Ridgecrest Drive.

She reportedly told the man, identified as 22-year-old Christopher Martin, to go away, but according to police, he pulled out a semi-automatic handgun and demanded her purse.

The woman complied and Martin allegedly took off in a getaway vehicle driven by 21-year-old Nakesha Brown.

A neighbor witnessed the crime and called police. The witness was able to provide accurate descriptions of both suspects as well as the getaway car, a Toyota Corolla.

Less than two hours later, the suspects were spotted on South 7th Street and pulled over by police.

The victim’s purse and wallet were located inside the car, and eventually returned.

Both Martin and Brown were taken into custody on charges of aggravated robbery and booked into the Metro jail.

News 2 talked with the neighbor, Samuel Calvert, about his role with getting the suspects off the street.

He said he was in the middle of barbecuing in his front yard, which is directly across from the victim's home, when he noticed a suspicious car pulling in front.

Once the car took off, he quickly ran to the street and took a mental note of the vehicle's description and partial tag number, which police said helped capture the crooks.

"When I went running toward the car, I was able to catch the first digits of the license plate and I guess that was enough for police to run in the database," Calvert explained.

He told News 2 he has lived in the east Nashville community for 15 years. He noted crime has never been much if an issue.

Calvert said the victim has lived at the home for several years and hardly has visitors, which is why the getaway car got his attention.

He also said helping his neighbor was the right thing to do and he hopes others will do the same if faced with a similar situation.

"It could have been family members, and we look at a neighbor as being our family," said Calvert. 

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