NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Three new people were added to Nashville’s “Top 10 Most Wanted” list this week, including a person accused of running a woman over with a truck and paralyzing her from the waist down.
The list is updated every Wednesday on the Metro Nashville Police Department (MNPD) Criminal Warrants Division Facebook page, with anywhere from two to four new suspects added to the list each week for a range of violent offenses.
Many of them have outstanding warrants for crimes like homicide and child sexual abuse. One of the new additions this week is charged with attempted homicide, while the other two new suspects have outstanding warrants for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
The public exposure from the list has helped police end several months-long, and in some cases, years-long manhunts. Within the matter of a week, police arrested four suspects on the list who had warrants related to crimes ranging from a deadly shooting to eight counts of rape.
In total, at least 24 suspects in violent or serious crimes have been arrested since the MNPD’s criminal warrants division began publishing the “Top 10 Most Wanted” list in mid-October. Below is a full list of the suspects who made the list the week of April 5.
1. Kendrick L. Williams
At number one, Kendrick Williams, 20, is considered this week’s “Top Most Wanted” fugitive, according to the MNPD.
This is the third time Williams has appeared at the top of the list. Police said Williams has outstanding warrants for first-degree murder, premeditated first-degree murder and especially aggravated robbery.
The charges stem from the November 2022 shooting death of 18-year-old Daryl Shannon Jr., who police said was found in the driver’s seat of a Dodge Journey van in the parking lot of Paddock at Grandview Apartments on Scruggs Lane.
Shannon was taken to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead. Brandon Waire, 20, was arrested that day for homicide and aggravated robbery as police were investigating a potential drug motive.
However, multiple other people are thought to be involved in the incident, including a woman who sped off in a silver Hyundai following the gunfire and a 16-year-old who police said had a pistol believed to be the murder weapon.
Williams is also believed to have played a role in the incident. However, authorities have not been able to locate him.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the MNPD at 615-862-8600 or Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463.
2. William Hall Judice
William Hall Judice, 32, who appeared at number one on the list last month, has outstanding warrants for rape and three counts of aggravated assault with bodily injury, according to police. He was last seen in West Nashville.
3. De’Tynn Q Smith
De’Tynn Smith, 19, is believed to be the third and final suspect in the April 2022 murder of 39-year-old Tywane Miller. The incident happened in the parking lot of a soon to open 7-Eleven gas station near the intersection of Maxwell and Gallatin Avenues.
Initial reports from police indicated that Miller was shot and killed by at least one person who got out of a white Ford Flex. Miller died at the scene and a passenger in his car suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
After the shooting, an officer reportedly saw the Flex on Shelby Avenue at I-24. The officer pursued the vehicle as it sped off, but eventually ended the pursuit because of the potential danger to other drivers.
The Flex then got onto I-40 and hit the center retaining wall and four other cars before coming to a stop on the interstate between Fesslers Lane and Elm Hill Pike.
Three occupants, including one believed to be Miller, then got out of the Flex and carjacked a 35-year-old Nashville man who was driving a 2013 Subaru Forester SUV, according to police. The Subaru was later found abandoned in a Bordeaux neighborhood.
On March 1, MNPD detectives arrested one of the suspects, Deshawn L. Smith, 31, on a first-degree murder and aggravated robbery indictment. Another suspect, Michael Clay, 31, was charged last September.
Smith is wanted on a grand jury indictment charging him with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, aggravated robbery and possession of a gun during the commission of a felony, according to the MNPD.
His last location is unknown.
4. Jamion Wynn
Jamion Wynn, 28, is wanted on an outstanding warrant for first-degree murder dating back to February 2022, as well as a warrant for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
He was previously featured at number one on the list for three weeks in a row. Wynn’s last location is unknown.
5. Franki Peluso
Franki Peluso, 35, was newly added to the list this week. She is wanted on an outstanding warrant for attempted criminal homicide after police said she ran over a woman with her truck.
According to an affidavit, Peluso pulled up to the victim’s house in an older model green Chevy truck the night of March 22 to borrow some money. After giving Peluso the money, the woman asked for a cigarette and reportedly heard Peluso say something under her breath.
“When asked what she said, the suspect said, ‘Don’t worry about it, I’m going to kill you today’,” the affidavit said.
As the woman was walking back toward her house, police said Peluso accelerated and knocked her to the ground with her truck. Peluso then reversed, hit her again and drove away, authorities reported.
The woman was taken to a hospital with critical injuries. She sustained a broken back, legs and ribs, and is currently paralyzed from the waist down, according to the affidavit.
At the scene of the incident, detectives said they found skid marks, a knocked down road sign and blood in the middle of the road. According to the MNPD, Peluso’s last location is unknown.
6. Darius L. Witherspoon
Darius Witherspoon, 36, is wanted by the MNPD for four counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, evading arrest, reckless endangerment and vandalism. He was last seen in North Nashville.
7. Thomas H. Beach
Thomas Beach, 37, is wanted on 10 outstanding warrants related to alleged domestic violence incidents, according to police.
The charges against Beach include three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault by strangulation, four counts of domestic assault with fear of bodily injury, harassment and vandalism $1,000 or less.
Police said Beach is believed to have fired a pistol at a car containing his ex-girlfriend and her two children. His last location is unknown.
8. Joshua B. Westmoreland
Joshua Westmoreland, 39, is wanted on two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and felon in possession of a weapon, according to the MNPD. He was last seen in East Nashville.
9. Lamareon Ransom
Lamareon Ransom, 20, is another new addition to the list this week. He is wanted by the MNPD on outstanding warrants for three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Ransom’s last location is unknown.
10. DeJohn R. Anderson
DeJohn Anderson, 22, is the third new person to be added to the list this week. According to the MNPD, he is wanted on 13 different outstanding warrants.
The charges against him include aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, four counts of probation violation, three counts of failure to appear, three counts of theft of merchandise, reckless driving and driving without a license.
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Police said Anderson was last seen in North Nashville.
Anyone with information on any of the suspects listed is asked to contact the MNPD at 615-862-8600 or Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463.