NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — An 18-year-old is faced with several charges after a pursuit unfolded on I-65 Wednesday night.
Police say the incident stems from two aggravated robberies Tuesday night involving sales on Facebook Marketplace.
A couple had posted a PlayStation5 on Facebook Marketplace and a woman responded to the advertisement. Through Facebook Messenger, the woman told the couple she would be sending her brothers to their residence on Stonegate Place to purchase the PlayStation5.
Once the two men picked up the console, one of them brandished a black handgun and ordered the couple to go inside their home. The men drove off in a white Ford Escape.
Police later saw the Ford Escape near Main St. and South 5th St. Wednesday. When authorities ran the temporary tag, it came back to a BMW. Officers said they tried following the Ford that Toran Jenkins, 18, was driving, but he sped away onto the I-65 North on-ramp.
In an attempt to stop the car, officers turned on their blue lights, but said Jenkins took off at a high rate of speed and a pursuit ensued. An affidavit stated that at one point, Jenkins ran into the back of a silver Ram pickup truck, then continued to flee from authorities.
As the pursuit approached Trinity Lane, officers said Jenkins passed several vehicles along the shoulder, then hit the concrete median. Jenkins reportedly got out of the Ford and ran away from officials on the interstate’s entrance ramp.
A warrant stated a pursuit on foot ensued for a short time until Jenkins followed commands and laid on the ground. He was taken into custody.
Jenkins is charged with three counts of aggravated robbery, theft of property over $10,000, evading arrest, driving without a license and leaving the scene of an accident. During an interview with detectives, Jenkins confessed to robbing another person of a PlayStation5. He is being held on a $172,000 bond.
Police are still searching for the second suspect involved in the Tuesday night robbery on Stonegate Place.