NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Two men have been taken into custody after a home invasion late Monday night.
Police said two men kicked in the door of a Humphreys Street apartment at 11:40 p.m. Monday.
Two women, who had recently moved in, told police they were held at gunpoint for about 30 minutes while the men searched the home for drugs. The men, who the victims believe were looking for the prior occupants, eventually took a flat screen TV and a laptop before fleeing. One of the women saw them drive away in a dark colored Nissan.
Minutes later, an officer spotted the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop behind the Dollar General Store on Lafayette Street. Two passengers jumped out of the vehicle, but the driver, identified as 20-year-old Jacquese Allen, stayed put.
Officers recovered the TV and laptop, along with two pistols, from inside the vehicle. One of the pistols was reported stolen during a car burglary in June.
Police said one of the passengers, identifed as 21-year-old Tyis Crutcher, left his ID in the car. He was later apprehended at his residence in the 2400 block of 26th Avenue North by Detective Daniel Turner from the MNPD Fugitive Unit.
Police said he is a convicted home burglar who received a three-year probated sentence in 2011.
Both men were charged with aggravated robbery, especially aggravated kidnapping, and use of a gun in the commission of a dangerous felony and theft.
Students in the Academy of Energy and Power at Maplewood are busy getting ready for next week's Project Expo and had the opportunity to show it off some of their projects to Tennessee Congressman Jim Cooper.