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3 Charged In Opry Mills Attempted Robbery Also Charged In Home Invasions

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Three men indicted for the attempted robbery of a 66-year-old woman in the Opry Mills parking lot in October have also been charged in connection with two recent home invasions.

Detectives arrested 19-year-old Ivy Larue Dobson Friday night on a Davidson County Grand Jury indictment charging him with attempted aggravated robbery in connection with an altercation with a woman inside her car in the parking lot of Opry Mills Mall on October 15.

Dobson is charged with two co-defendants, Dequan Bertrand and Brian Frelix, both 19, who have been held at the Williamson County Jail in connection with a Brentwood home invasion on October 12. The three are also under indictment in Nashville in relation to the October 15th rape of a woman on Spence Enclave Lane.

In the Opry Mills case, police said Bertrand approached the 66-year-old woman around 3:30 p.m. as she got into her car. She told police he opened the driver's door, put a gun to her neck, and ordered her to remove her seatbelt. She believed he was trying to take her purse.

The victim fought back, attempting to gouge the man's eyes with her thumbs. The resistance forced the man to flee to a gold car parked nearby, where Dobson and Frelix were waiting, and the car left the area. 

From there, police said the men drove to the area of Spence Enclave Lane. A 32-year-old woman was preparing to leave home for work around 4 p.m. and had just opened her front door when a man, later identified as Bertrand, forced his way inside.

Police said he raped her at gunpoint and then robbed her of several items, including a Toyota SUV. Dobson and Frelix were allegedly in the immediate area of the victim's home, but did not go inside.

In that case, Bertrand was charged with three counts of aggravated rape, aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary, and using a firearm in the commission of a dangerous felony. 

Dobson and Frelix were also charged with aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and using a firearm in the commission of a dangerous felony for being with Bertrand.

Dobson was held at the Metro Jail in lieu of $100,000 bond. Bertrand and Frelix are expected to be brought to Nashville from the Williamson County Jail next week to be booked on the Davidson County indictment.

Bertrand and Frelix remain under investigation concerning their potential involvement in other Davidson County crimes. Anyone with information is asked to contact Hermitage Precinct Investigations at (615)862-6993.

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