Teens arrested, charged with violent Nashville robberies

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Three teenagers are in jail, facing serious chargers, after officers spotted the car the young men are suspected of stealing.

Officers with Metro Nashville Police Department’s Juvenile Task Force spotted the Toyota Corolla that was stolen during a April 11 robbery on Kipling Drive Tuesday night. The officers started to follow it for a “short distance” before police say the driver stopped and the 5 people inside got out and took off running. 

Officers were able to quickly arrest a 16-year-old passenger. Police dogs tracked 19-year-old Amier Neguse and 18-year-old Felix Reyes-Santos. The 16-year-old driver got away but police say they know who he is from prior crimes and are searching for him. Another passenger also got away. 

Officers searched the area near where the boys were arrested and found a handgun. Inside the car, they found a pistol, more than 100 rounds of ammunition for an AR-15, more than 100 rounds of nine millimeter ammunition, keys to 3 other cars, marijuana and digital scales. 

Reyes-Santos and Neguse are both in the Metro Jail on charges of vehicle theft, evading arrest, unlawful gun possession, resisting arrest, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, marijuana possession, and possession of drug paraphernalia.  The 16-year-old was taken to Juvenile detention on charges of vehicle theft, unlawful gun possession, evading arrest, marijuana possession, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Reyes-Santos faces additional charges linked to three violent robberies.

Sunday afternoon, a man was shot on Glencliff Road. 

The victim told police he was running down the road when he spotted a white SUV driving near him. He said the driver then parked in front of him, on the wrong side of the road. The victim says the suspect, later identified as Reyes-Santos, walked up to him with a gun and demanded his money in Spanish and English. The victim refused to hand over what he had and says Reyes-Santos shot him in the leg. According to his arrest report, Reyes-Santos ran off, got into the SUV and the driver took off. A person who lives nearby heard the gunshot, came outside to see what happened and was able to flag down a passing ambulance. The victim was critically wounded and taken to Vanderbilt Hospital for treatment.

An hour or so later, police say Reyes-Santos robbed another person. A man called police and said he’d been walking down Glengarry Drive near Murfreesboro Pike when a white SUV drove past him and stopped and someone got out of the car. That person, later identified by the victim as Reyes-Santos, came up to the victim, pointed a gun, and demanded his money in Spanish. The victim told police he was scared and handed over his wallet. He reported Reyes-Santos ran back to the SUV and that the driver sped off.

The last robbery happened Wednesday morning at a bus stop near the corner of Vultee Boulevard and Kermit Drive. The victim told police he was waiting for his school bus when a white Honda Accord pulled next to him with the window down. The driver, later identified as Reyes-Santos, pointed a gun at him and said, “Lose everything you got!” The victim emptied his pockets and says as he began to hand over his wallet, Reyes-Santos began to drive away slowly, pointing the gun at him all the while. 

Reyes-Santos is charged with 2 counts of Aggravated Robbery and 1 count of Especially Aggravated Robbery. 

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