Five Persons Arrested for Overnight South Nashville Murder
August 31, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
South Precinct detectives this afternoon charged five persons with murder in connection with this morning’s shooting death of Anastacio Lopez Taperia, 21, who was fatally wounded shortly after midnight in the parking lot of a Packard Drive apartment complex during an apparent planned robbery attempt.
- Candice Young, 23, of Antioch;
- Robin Griggs, 33, of Smyrna;
- Derek Lance, 29, of Smyrna;
- Stanley Hawkins, 26, of Clarksville; and
- Ronnie Palmer, 32, of Nashville.
Officers were called to the parking lot of 860 Murfreesboro Pike at 12:50 a.m. by a friend of Taperia’s who was with him when he was shot and drove him from the scene. Taperia was dead inside the car.
During the investigation led by Detectives Chad High and Bill Stewart, it was learned that Taperia and two friends had been at a bar on Apache Trail, where they met two women (Young & Griggs). As the parties left the bar, the three men followed Young & Griggs to Horizon Park Apartments at 4601 Packard Drive. When the three men got out of their car at the apartment complex, defendants Lance, Hawkins and Palmer are alleged to have appeared from the shadows to rob the victims. During the robbery, Taperia was fatally shot, allegedly by Lance. Taperia was then driven away by his friends.
Detectives believe that the five defendants had preplanned the robbery scenario, with the two women meeting potential victims at a Hispanic bar and luring them to the Packard Drive apartment complex where the others would suddenly confront them.
Outstanding police work by Lieutenant Curtis Watkins led to the apprehension of the five suspects. Watkins, who was serving as the police department’s overnight field supervisor, was leaving the Murfreesboro Pike parking lot where Taperia’s body was found when he spotted a red Dodge with a temp tag that matched the description of the suspect car provided by Taperia’s friends. Watkins followed the Dodge to Patricia Drive where he initiated a traffic stop. All five defendants were inside. One of Taperia’s friends identified them as being involved in the homicide.
Lance is being held in lieu of $2 million bond. The other four defendants are being held in lieu of $1.5 million bond each.