Pursuit Suspect Released From Hospital, Jailed

Posted at 9:57 AM, Aug 04, 2016

A suspect involved in a pursuit was shot by Metro Police after allegedly taking his wife hostage before firing on officers at a Nashville-area motel.

Friday morning, authorities confirmed the suspect, identified as 41-year-old Adrian Robinson, had been released from the hospital and placed in jail.  

Officials with Metro Nashville Police said the incident began around 8:30 a.m. Thursday at the Cumberland Inn on Trinity Lane.

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Officers were doing routine checks when they found a suspicious car with a New York license plate. The plate did not belong to the vehicle, an older model Lexus, and was linked to two fugitives, identified as Adrian Robinson and Althea Robinson, age 40.

Both were wanted on multiple warrants charging them with three counts of auto burglary, fraudulent use of a credit card and two counts of theft.

Police knocked on their motel room door with the intention of arresting them both. However, Adrian saw officers and immediately grabbed his wife, held a gun to her and pulled her to the restroom.

Officers backed away, thinking they had an active hostage situation.

Metro Police Spokesman Don Aaron said a shot was fired from the hotel window at officers below. Robinson made it to the Lexus holding a gun to his wife and drove from the parking lot, puncturing the tires on the car as he drove over the spike strip.

From there, a low-speed chase ensued onto I-65 at speeds up to 50 mph while throwing objects out the window.
He stopped at a transmission shop on Dickerson Pike and the woman got out of the car and was taken into custody. Aaron said it's unknown at this point what role she played in the incident - whether she was a victim or pretended to be a hostage.

Adrian Robinson continued driving and ultimately traveled onto Jefferson Street.  After coming off the Jefferson Street Bridge westbound, Robinson t-boned an SUV at the 5th Avenue North intersection.


Police said Robinson got out of the car and was armed with a weapon. After refusing to comply with officers’ commands to drop the weapon, three officers fired and struck him in the forearm and hand. 

The officers that fired the shots were: Lieutenant Danny Haley, Officer Andrew Ivey from the East Precinct, and Sergeant Jason Duncan from the Special Response Team.

The gun turned out to be a BB gun that looked like a real semi-automatic handgun.


Robinson then got back into the car and it took an additional 10 minutes to get him out – to allegedly smoke a cigarette. At one point, authorities deployed distraction devices (flash bangs).

As officers tried to take him into custody, Robinson grabbed one officer in the crotch and refused to let go.  He released his grip after he was tased in the upper back.

Robinson was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He was taken into custody after being discharged, according to officials Friday morning.

Adrian Robinson was facing charges of aggravated assault against his wife, four counts of vehicle burglary, three counts of theft, one count of credit card fraud, two counts of failure to appear in court. He has previous convictions for evading police, felony theft, reckless endangerment and grand theft auto. He was being held in lieu of a $100,000.

Althea Robinson was wanted for credit card fraud, two counts of theft and three counts of vehicle burglary. She has prior convictions for forgery, theft and driving on a suspended license.

She was booked on the outstanding warrants and held in lieu of $35,000 bond.