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Three Teens Charged for Robbery/Shooting that Critically Injured Ashland City Man



East Precinct detectives last night charged three teens for Tuesday afternoon’s shooting that critically injured Matthew Wray, 23, during an apparent robbery in the 1100 block of Leland Avenue.      

John Holden Jr., 19, Joshua Holden, 18, and Brian Love, 18, are each charged with two counts of aggravated robbery.  Additionally, Holden Jr. is charged with drug possession.       

Wray, of Ashland City, and a friend had reportedly arranged to sell electronics on the app OfferUp. They were sent to a vacant house where Joshua Holden reportedly appeared interested in buying the items but said that he had to call his brother.  Seconds later, a gunman appeared saying “You know what it is”.  Joshua Holden then allegedly grabbed electronic gaming consoles from Wray’s car.  Wray was shot as he and his friend drove off.       

Despite his critical injury, Wray managed to drive to the Citgo at 500 Main Street where his passenger called for help.     

Joshua Holden was positively identified as a suspect and admitted his involvement in the robbery/shooting.  The stolen items were recovered from the Holden brothers’ Litton Avenue residence.      

Joshua Holden and Love, of Bronte Avenue, are being held in lieu of $100,000 bond.  John Holden Jr., is being held in lieu of $101,000 bond.       

Wray remains in critical condition at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.           


John Holden Jr., 19 

Joshua Holden, 18 

Brian Love, 18