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Three Teenagers Charged with Aggravated Robbery After Leading Officers on a Pursuit

1/26/2018

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South Precinct detectives are charging two teenagers with a violent overnight robbery after they led police on a pursuit from South Nashville to Goodlettsville in Sumner County, and then back into Nashville.

Markavious Battle, 16, and Eh Lay, 17, are being charged with aggravated robbery. Additionally, Battle is being charged with felony cocaine possession, and possession of guns in the commission of a felony. The two pistols recovered from Battle had been reported stolen, one from a gun store in Mt. Juliet, the other from a vehicle burglary. The third occupant of the car, Jose Martinez, 17, who admits to driving during the pursuit, came in to meet with South Precinct detectives late this morning. He is being charged with aggravated robbery and felony evading arrest. The three remain under investigation in regard to other criminal activity in the South Nashville area over the past few days.

In this morning’s case, the 50-year-old victim reported that he returned home to his Richards Road apartment complex shortly after 2 a.m. and was walking toward his building when a Ford Flex pulled out of a parking space and began slowly following him. Two young men got out of the vehicle, one of whom wore a mask and carried a pistol. He demanded the victim’s money. When the victim replied he didn’t have any, he was pistol whipped on the head. The two robbers ran back to the car and left the area.

A short time later, a South Precinct Flex officer spotted the Ford Flex on Harding Place. The officer attempted a vehicle stop, but the driver sped away. A pursuit ensued on the interstate. The Ford Flex traveled from South Nashville to the county line on I-65. Just before entering Sumner County, the vehicle hit a police-deployed spike strip, causing one of the front tires to go flat. The MNPD pursuit was discontinued at that point.

Goodlettsville Police spotted the Ford Flex and initiated a pursuit. The Ford then traveled back into Davidson County, where MNPD officers again attempted to stop the robbery suspects. The pursuit ended on Rainwood Drive. Two of the three young men in the vehicle, Martinez and Battle, bailed out and ran. Eh Lay remained at the scene and was taken into custody. Police dog Haus and his partner, Officer Tommy Smith, tracked Battle to a backyard on Masonwood Drive where he was hiding. He was taken into custody there. The guns were recovered from him. Martinez later told detectives that he fled into a wooded area and got away. Martinez said he was driving his mother’s Ford Flex without permission.

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Markavious Battle, 16

Eh Lay, 17

Jose Martinez, 17