When La Vergne police officers were told to be on the lookout for a red Pontiac Grand Am, Officer Eric Staats quickly spotted the vehicle and flipped on his lights and siren. After a short pursuit, the driver stopped and fled on foot.
Charles Crawford, 32, was quickly apprehended and three 17-year-old juveniles who had remained in the car were also detained.
Today four people face a total of 27 felony charges and three misdemeanors from the incident, which was a drug deal that turned into an armed robbery.
Upon investigation, police discovered that the four individuals had gone to 204-A Humble Drive to purchase crack-cocaine. Instead of making the purchase, however, they robbed the two women who were selling the illegal substance.
Meanwhile a worried father was in contact with the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office. He reported his vehicle and four-year-old missing child was in possible danger with the mother. The RCSO allegedly found evidence of crack cocaine usage at the home. In the separate investigation, the Department of Children's Services was contacted.
It was found that two Rutherford County women – Erin Hacker, 27, and Heather Hacker, 29, – had brought their 4-year-old children with them to sell drugs.
The 30 charges against the men who robbed the women include: driving on a suspended license (3rd offense), felony evading in a motor vehicle, resisting arrest, criminal conspiracy to buy crack cocaine, aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary, possession of a handgun, aggravated assault with a firearm, possession of Schedule III narcotics, sexual battery, conspiracy to buy marijuana, and conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery.
In addition, the women were charged with felony child endangerment. The children were then removed from their custody by officials with the Department of Children Services.
"All assailants were apprehended, young children were removed from a dangerous situation with the parents, and no one was injured," said Officer Staats of the crime suppression unit of the LaVergne Police Department.
He added that the adults were being held at the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office and the four juveniles are at the Rutherford County Juvenile Detention.