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Accused Murderer Takyris Simms Arrested Again on Felony Drug Counts Along with Federal Gun Charge

7/17/2020

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Takyris Simms, who was free on bond awaiting court on murder and robbery charges when the Juvenile Crime Task Force arrested him July 2, and who posted a new bond that same day, is now back in jail on heroin and ecstasy charges, along with a new federal gun charge.

On July 2, Simms was arrested for riding with a loaded Ruger rifle stolen in Clarksville, a nine millimeter pistol, digital scales and marijuana. He posted a $34,500 bond and was released.

On Thursday, knowing that Simms was wanted on the new federal gun charge, Task Force officers set out to locate him. Data from a GPS monitoring device showed him to be at an Airbnb rental on 9th Avenue North. Simms traveled in his car, along with other persons, to a drug store parking lot in the 2200 block of Murfreesboro Pike, where officers attempted to arrest him. The car sped off, but was monitored from the air by a Tennessee Highway Patrol helicopter. When it pulled into the parking lot of a pizza restaurant on Gallatin Pike in Madison, officers moved in. Simms was taken into custody and was found to be carrying 26 grams of heroin and 3.8 grams of ecstasy. A person in the car with him, Elijah Parkerson, 19, took off running and tossed a semi-automatic pistol with a drum magazine. Officers arrested him and recovered the gun. Parkerson was charged with unlawful gun possession, evading arrest and possession of a small quantity of cocaine. Takyris Simms’ mother, Tamara Simms, 43, who was also present, was arrested for carrying a semi-automatic pistol in her pants pocket and felony marijuana possession.

Parkerson and Tamara Simms were booked and released on bond. Takyris Simms remains detained due to the federal gun charge.

The pending murder and robbery case involving Takyris Simms dates back to August 2014 when Jose Garnica, 20, was fatally shot outside his apartment building. Simms was a fugitive in that case when was arrested in Atlanta and returned to Nashville in September 2017.

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Takyris Simms, 22

Tamara Simms, 43

Elijah Parkerson, 19

Seized weapons

Seized weapons and drugs