Teen Mistakenly Released from Custody Apprehended by Juvenile Crime Task Force; Pistol Also Recovered
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A Nashville teenager who was mistakenly released from jail after being ordered held in relation to a stranger aggravated robbery/aggravated kidnapping case is now back in custody after the Juvenile Crime Task Force (JCTF) apprehended him during a foot chase Wednesday night. A pistol was also recovered.
Michael Ferrell, 18, was arrested September 11th on charges of auto theft, evading arrest and driving on a suspended license. While in custody, he was also charged, based on fingerprint evidence, with the June 28th kidnapping and robbery of a 50-year-old East Nashville woman on Pennock Avenue. Ferrell was age 17 when the robbery/kidnapping occurred and those charges were filed in Juvenile Court. A Juvenile Court referee ordered that he remain in detention. However, Ferrell was released around September 18th after the vehicle theft and driving on a suspended license charges were dismissed and he received probation on the evading arrest charge.
Ferrell’s release was discovered by Juvenile Court last week and the MNPD’s Juvenile Crime Task Force was asked to be on the lookout for him.
Wednesday night, JCTF officers were patrolling near Brick Church Pike and Ewing Drive when they saw Ferrell seated as a passenger in a Dodge Ram pickup truck bearing a West Virginia license plate. They attempted to stop the truck. The driver refused to pull over and a pursuit was initiated. The pursuit was terminated on McGavock Pike near McGavock High School when Ferrell bailed from the truck and fled on foot. He was taken into custody after a chase. A loaded Glock nine millimeter pistol was found along Ferrell’s flight path.
A short time later, the pickup truck was found abandoned on Briley Parkway near Two Rivers Parkway. It was a rental vehicle that had not been reported stolen. The investigation as to who was driving the truck continues.
In the June kidnapping/robbery case, Ferrell is accused of being one of two persons who, at gunpoint, forced the victim into the back seat of her car on Pennock Avenue. One sat with her while the other one drove to her bank and withdrew money from an ATM. After leaving the bank, the two assailants bailed from the car while it was still moving on Meridian Street. She used the emergency brake to stop her vehicle and then asked a nearby resident to call police.