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Juvenile Crime Task Force Takes 6 Loaded Guns Off the Streets; 2 Convicted Felons and a 16-Year-Old Arrested

4/2/2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

While much of Nashville is social distancing and adhering to the Safer at Home Order, the Juvenile Crime Task Force is finding that some of those who aren’t are up to no good.

After receiving information Wednesday evening that several young looking persons were handling multiple pistols and rifles near a dark brown Kia Forte in East Nashville’s Cayce Homes, Task Force members headed to the area to investigate. They came across the speeding Kia on Gallatin Pike near Cahal Avenue and attempted to stop it. The driver took off, and a brief pursuit ensued. When the Kia traveled to the 1500 block of Eastland Avenue, all four persons inside bailed and ran. Three were apprehended, including convicted felon Emmanuel Eugene Moore, 35, Antonio Lewis, 18, and a 16-year-old.

Officers saw Moore drop a semi-automatic pistol loaded with 12 rounds as he tried to flee. The driver of the car, Keontay Martin, 20, who got away, dropped an AK-47 pistol loaded with 31 bullets as he fled. A search of the car led to the recovery of 4 more loaded pistols, one of which was stolen out of Maury County, 3.3 grams of Ecstasy powder, 84 Ecstasy pills, 8.5 grams of cocaine, 5.5 grams of marijuana, and 2 digital scales.

Emmanuel Moore is jailed today in lieu of $241,000 bond on a number of charges, including unlawful gun possession by a convicted felon, unlawful gun possession during the commission of a drug crime, felony cocaine possession, felony Ecstasy possession, evading arrest, theft in regard to the stolen pistol, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Moore has received separate 6-year sentences for two aggravated assault convictions in 2010 and 2018. He also received a 10-year sentence for a felony cocaine conviction stemming from a 2011 arrest. Lewis was also charged with aggravated assault, domestic assault and false imprisonment stemming from a March 16th domestic incident with his girlfriend. The United States Attorney’s Office will be evaluating the crimes surrounding last night’s arrest for potential federal prosecution.

Antonio Lewis is being held in lieu of $60,000 bond on charges of unlawful gun possession, felony cocaine possession, felony Ecstasy possession, evading arrest, theft in regard to the stolen pistol, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

The 16-year-old was booked at juvenile detention on the same charges as Lewis.

The driver of the Forte, Keontay Martin, who was convicted of auto theft in January of this year and received a 3-year probated sentence, remains a fugitive. Warrants have been issued charging him with unlawful gun possession by a convicted felon, unlawful gun possession during the commission of a gun crime, felony Ecstasy possession, felony cocaine possession, felony evading arrest, theft in relation to the stolen pistol, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Anyone seeing Martin or knowing his whereabouts is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and qualify for a cash reward.

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Emmanuel Eugene Moore, 35

Antonio Lewis, 18

Keontay Martin, 20

Recovered Guns