Police Investigate Armed Robbery, Car Chase

Posted at 2:31 PM, Aug 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-14 20:54:13-04

Two teens carjacked an East Nashville attorney at gunpoint before leading police on a high-speed car chase through parts of Nashville on Sunday, according to police.

Martin Kooperman, the victim in this case, said he went to work to take care of some chores at his law office at 603 Woodland Street. When he went to leave between 2-3 p.m. the suspects, described to be between the ages of 14 and 18-years-old, approached him, pointed a revolver in his face, and demanded his keys.

"One pointed a gun at me, a revolver, and said, 'Give me your keys,'" Kooperman recalled. "I said, 'Aw man, don't do this, please, don't do this.'"

Kooperman ended up handing his keys over, and the teens drove off.

"I feel very fortunate that nothing else was taken," Kooperman said. "I wasn't shot, but it was an experience that I'll never forget."

Kooperman called police after the incident, and officers started searching for the 2012 Hyundai Tuscon.

According to police, they spotted the car in the East Hill neighborhood and attempted to pull it over, but when the suspects failed to stop, a pursuit ensued. However, police made the decision to end the chase in the area of the Interstate 24/Interstate 65 interchange due to the amount of traffic on the road and the danger that came from speeds exceeding 85 mph.

Looking back on the incident, Kooperman said he counts himself lucky for getting out of the situation unhurt.

"You can get another car, you can't get another you," Kooperman said. 

As of Monday afternoon, police were still searching for the teens suspected of stealing the car at gunpoint and leading police on the chase.