11/24/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/24/2020 20:27
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Juvenile Crime Task Force officers late Monday night stopped a violent crime spree by three armed men who seemed intent on hurting people as they carried out carjacking plans.
Dion Swanson, 32, Miles Priddy, 21, and De'vonte Brown, 17, are each incarcerated on a number of charges, including especially aggravated robbery and aggravated robbery.
At 9 p.m. Monday, a man was working on his car in the 1100 block of Davidson Street when the suspects pulled up in a green Kia Soul, got out, and at gunpoint demanded that the victim surrender his car. When the victim attempted to tell them his vehicle wouldn't start, he was struck on the jaw with a pistol and ordered to take off his pants. The victim complied. They took his pants, got back in the Kia and fled.
At 9:45 p.m., the Kia rear ended a Hyundai Sonata occupied by two adults and a child. As the victims were inspecting the damage, two men from the Kia approached with guns and demanded the keys to the Sonata. One of them struck the male victim in the head with a gun, rendering him unconscious. One of the suspects got into the Sonata while the other returned to the Kia. Both vehicles fled.
At 10 p.m., Juvenile Crime Task Force officers were in the area of Clarksville & Buena Vista Pikes when they saw the Kia, with the Sonata close by, rear end another vehicle at the intersection. With knowledge of the prior robberies, task force officers began separate pursuits of the Kia and Sonata. During the pursuit of the Kia, it crashed into a utility pole at the corner of Dr. D.B. Todd Boulevard & Albion Street. Priddy and Brown bailed from the car and tried to run away, but were quickly caught. Inside the Kia was a loaded Glock pistol that was reported stolen from a Hermitage gun store on June 27th.
An MNPD helicopter assisted in the pursuit of the Sonata, which was followed from above until it stopped on Cliff Drive. Swanson fled from the car with a rifle. He ran to a shed, but was soon apprehended. The rifle was recovered from the shed.
Priddy is being held in lieu of $220,000 bond; Swanson, $200,000. Brown is booked into juvenile detention.