Police are continuing their investigation into whether a 24-year-old Smyrna man charged with child rape may have had inappropriate contact with other children in the Windsor Downs Apartment complex.
James W. Harmon, a convicted sex offender, was arrested July 18 and has been charged with the rape of a child and violation of the sex offender registry, following an investigation by the Smyrna Police Department.
According to a press release, detectives are concerned there could be more child victims due to the populated area around Windsor Downs Apartments, located in the 1000 block of Mason Tucker Drive in Smyrna.
Harmon is being held on a $251,000 bond at the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center. He is scheduled to appear Thursday, July 26, for a preliminary hearing in General Sessions Court on the current charges.
For parents concerned about whether Harmon has had contact with their children, as well as anyone with information regarding this case, contact the Police Department at 615-267-5143.
Alabama fugitive apprehended
A 46-year-old man wanted out of Alabama was apprehended Saturday evening after being involved in a traffic crash in the 2400 block of Old Fort Parkway in Murfreesboro.
Darrin C. Cohns has been charged with one count of being a fugitive from justice as a result of the Alabama warrant stemming from a larceny charge, according to a Murfreesboro Police Department arrest report.
Cohns is being held without bond at the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center. He is scheduled to appear Monday, July 30, in General Sessions Court on the local charge.
Once that case is resolved, he will likely be extradited to Alabama for the larceny case.
Suspects in gang-related slaying sentenced
Five Murfreesboro men charged in connection with a November 2007 gang-related battle have been sentenced in U.S. District Court for their roles in the murder of an innocent bystander who was shot inside his West Main Street home.
As he watched television inside his residence, Moss James Dixon, 66, was killed when members of the Vice Lords gang retaliated against the culprits they believed were behind the murder of leader Donnell Valentine outside of The Drink nightclub, which is now closed, on Memorial Boulevard.
The battle resulted in four other people being shot within a span of a three-month period. In total, nine men have been convicted for their roles in the deaths of Dixon and Brandon Harris, a member of the Mickey Cobras, during the gang battle.
Gary E. Chapman, 33, was sentenced July 2 to 215 years in prison for conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering, conspiracy to commit assault in aid of racketeering, using and carrying a firearm during the commission of a felony, being a convicted felon in possession of firearms, and conspiracy to distribute marijuana.
On June 25, Demarco Smith, 26, was sentenced to 24 years in prison in for Dixon’s murder, as well as conspiracy to commit the murder in aid of racketeering of multiple persons.
Three days later, Samuel J. Gaines, 25, was given a 15-year prison sentence for conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering, conspiracy to carry firearms during the commission of a felony, as well as in relation to a crime of violence, and conspiracy to commit murder in the shooting death Harris.
In February 2008, Harris was lured to O’Charley’s on Bell Road in Nashville under the guise of a drug deal. He was killed for allegedly telling people about the gang members’ involvement in Dixon’s murder.
On July 15, Delregus N. Alexander, 38, was sentenced to 76 months in prison for conspiracy to carry firearms in the commission of a felony and Christopher D. Imes, 24, was ordered to serve 19 years for Dixon’s murder, as well as conspiracy to commit kidnapping in aid of racketeering.