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Crime Of The Week: April 29, 2008

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Robert Anderson Robert Anderson

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - It's been nearly two and a half years.

Metro police still can't find a killer.

Someone shot and killed a man while he rode a mini dirt bike in Edgehill.

It happened on May 26, 2005.

Jonathan Roberts was driving a mini dirt bike near 12th Avenue South. The sun was getting ready to set, so it was around 8 p.m.

"A subject walked up to him, a male black, and shot him several times in the back," said Robert Anderson, a  Metro detective.

Roberts hit the gas and sped away on the mini bike. He drove several hundred yards before he crashed.

A short time later, he was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

"The suspect, the male black tucked the gun under his arm and casually walked toward Summit Avenue.  We need some help from the public finding out who this suspect could be," Anderson said.

The gunman was described as a black male about 19-28 years old. He was about 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighed about 135 pounds.

At the time of the shooting his hair was woven into cornrows and he was wearing a camouflage jacket.

"This was the Edgehill homes where, at this time of the night, there are lots of kids and people out for the summer barbecuing, playing in the streets," Anderson said.

So, police believe there are other witnesses who have not come forward.  Detectives in Metro's West Precinct are working on the case.

If anyone has information that might help them solve the murder of Jonathon Roberts in the area of 12th Avenue South and Edgehill Drive in West Nashville, Crime Stoppers would like to hear from you. The number to Crime Stoppers is 74-CRIME.

Callers will remain anonymous, and will only be known by the code number police give them.

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