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CRIME BRIEFS: Man injured during home invasion

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Police are investigating the Dec. 4, 2012, robbery of a man inside a residence at University Terrace Apartments, located at 910 Brown Drive in Murfreesboro, Tenn. (Graphic courtesy of Google Maps)

A 62-year-old man was injured Tuesday night when he attempted to fend off a knife-wielding suspect who barged into his residence at University Terrace Apartments in Murfreesboro.

The incident occurred just before 9 p.m. in the 900 block of Brown Drive, which is located near Middle Tennessee State University.

The man told police the unidentified male suspect knocked on the door and waited for it to open before forcing his way into the apartment. The suspect then demanded the man hand over all of his prescription medication, according to a Murfreesboro Police Department incident report.

When the man attempted to disarm the suspect, he was punched in the head, which caused him to become disoriented.

As the man was trying to regain his senses, the suspect stole his oxycodone, as well as two other bottles that contained anti-anxiety and anti-depressant medication, before fleeing the scene on foot toward Hanover Street.

Based on statements given to police, the suspect is described as a black male who appeared to be 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighed an estimated 150 pounds. At the time of the robbery, the suspect was wearing a black jacket and ski mask.

Anyone with information about this incident should call Crime Stoppers at 615-893-7867.

Suspicious activity reported near railroad tracks

Police are on the lookout for a man who was allegedly spotted Saturday afternoon documenting trains that were passing through the area of Old Salem Highway in Murfreesboro.

A Rutherford County Emergency Services employee became suspicious after seeing an unidentified male suspect dressed in a CSX uniform carrying a handheld radio and using his cell phone to document the trains, according to a Murfreesboro Police Department incident report.

When asked if he worked for the CSX Corporation, the man told the county employee that he did not work for the company, at which point the police were notified.

Although police searched the area, they could not locate the suspect.

Further investigation revealed that the suspect is not a CSX employee, which has resulted in the company and the Police Department to open separate investigations into the matter.

Cash Express employee robbed

On Friday, an unidentified suspect robbed a female employee as she was in the process of closing Cash Express for the night.

The incident occurred just after 8:30 p.m. in the 1600 block of Memorial Boulevard in Murfreesboro.

The woman told police that when she walked back to the front door to ensure it was locked, the suspect snuck up, pushed her to the ground, and stole a deposit bag containing an unspecified amount of money, according to a Murfreesboro Police Department incident report.

The suspect also stole her purse that contained $120 in cash and a credit card, as well as her driver’s license, Social Security card and birth certificate.

After the suspect grabbed the items, he fled the scene with another unidentified man in a red vehicle that was parked near the business.

The suspects are described as two black males, both of whom have not been located.

Detectives have since taken over the case, and the matter remains under investigation.

Probe into La Vergne shooting continues

An investigation continues into whether drugs could be a possible motive for a recent home invasion that resulted in a man being shot multiples times inside a Hickory Street residence in La Vergne.

On Nov. 29, Randy Malone was shot and pistol whipped by two unidentified suspects when they barged into the home, located in the 100 block of Hickory Street, just before 3 a.m., according to a La Vergne Police Department incident report.

Malone was shot twice in front of his live-in girlfriend and two children, as he shielded them from the suspects. Although two other adults were also inside the home, no one else was injured during the incident.

Police arrived at the scene within moments of the shooting but were unable to locate the suspects, both of whom were described as two black males.

When detectives responded to the house a short time later to take over the investigation, they reportedly found an unspecified amount of cash, a small suitcase that contained stolen property, and marijuana and pills inside another suitcase.

Detectives, however, have not said whether the items belonged to Malone, who has only lived at the house for a few weeks.

Anyone with information about this case should call the Police Department at 615-287-8867.
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