Police Investigate Multiple Crimes Near Popular East Nashville Restaurant

Posted: 4:52 PM, Oct 11, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-11 23:26:11Z

It's a bit startling for neighbors around McFerrin Street in East Nashville when they see police cruisers in front of the same popular restaurant multiple times in just over a week.

In reality, the East Precinct said violent crime is actually down in the East Nashville area.

On October 2, an investigation began into the violent shooting between two cars in front of The Pharmacy Burger Parlor & Beer Garden. Deangelo Knox, age 25, died as a result.

Commander David Imhof for Metro Police's East Precinct said the location had nothing to do with it.

"Those two individuals or those groups of individuals would assault each other at another intersection in another part of the city and probably would have had the same result because they were obviously in some type of controversy with each other," Imhof said.

Early Thursday morning, a burglar targeted the same restaurant. He smashed in a rear door and eventually took off without stealing anything.

The commander said the two crimes aren't related and the location is just a coincidence.

"There's nothing specific about that area of town that's drawing any more crime or any more of a pattern than anywhere else right now," Imhof said.

Every Thursday at Noble's Kitchen and Beer Hall, someone from the East Precinct meets with members of the community at 11 a.m. to go over the latest trends in crimes.

Officials with the Metro Nashville Police Department said violent crime is actually down by almost two percent in the precinct this year.

They're seeing much more of an issue with crimes they think are preventable like street robberies, shoplifting, and car thefts.

"We encourage businesses and residents to harden their businesses or residences with either security cameras, security systems, good signage, good lighting, things of that nature," Imhof said.

The Pharmacy did not want to make any comment on the recent crimes. Both investigations remained ongoing.