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Officers on the Lookout for 16-Year-Old Fugitive David Mays Who is Dangerous & Presumed Armed



Officers throughout the city are on the lookout for 16-year-old fugitive David Earl Mays, who is dangerous and presumed to be armed.

A Juvenile Court arrest order for Mays has just been issued charging him with attempted especially aggravated robbery for last night’s shooting of an Uber driver who was getting gas at the Exxon market on Shelby Avenue. Mays was attempting to carjack Brian Redden, 38, at 7:13 p.m. when he shot him in the lower torso. Redden underwent surgery Wednesday night at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Mays arrived at the Exxon in a 2010 Acura MDX SUV that was stolen from a home on Acklen Avenue during the early morning hours of March 5. After last night’s shooting, Juvenile Crime Task Force officers spotted the Acura parked in front of a home on Crouch Drive. As officers turned around, the Acura sped away onto Moormans Arm Road. Task Force officers later located the abandoned Acura at Knollcrest Apartments on Creekwood Drive. Surveillance cameras from the apartment complex show Mays getting out of the SUV and wiping it down with a shirt or rag before walking away.

Mays is no stranger to the MNPD. He was arrested last July getting out of a stolen BMW sedan at Opry Mills Mall, and was subsequently charged with two counts of aggravated robbery. He was identified as one of two teens who approached a resident on Vanderhorst Drive last July 5 and, at gunpoint, robbed the man of his cash, debit card, and Honda sedan. He was also identified as the gun-toting teen who approached a man at a gas station on Music Valley Drive and robbed him of his belongings and his Nissan sedan.

On February 3, it was reported to the MNPD that Mays had received a weekend pass from the Department of Children’s Services allowing him to leave the Gateway to Independence facility on Stewarts Lane. He failed to return as required on the morning of February 3.

Anyone seeing David Mays or knowing his whereabouts is asked to immediately contact the Emergency Communications Center at 615-862-8600 or Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463.

*In regard to the Acura MDX stolen on March 5th, a key to the SUV was left in the owner’s other vehicle parked in the driveway.


David Earl Mays,  16

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