MNPD Teams with OnStar to Apprehend Dangerous Felon Who May be Connected to a Series of Auto Burglaries in West Nashville
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Close collaboration between West Precinct undercover detectives, North Precinct officers, the Juvenile Crime Task Force, an MNPD helicopter and OnStar led to Thursday evening’s apprehension of a dangerous felon as he attempted to carjack a woman after bailing from a suddenly disabled Cadillac Escalade.
Jamontez Deshun Howse, 20, of Enchanted Circle, is jailed in lieu of $105,000 bond on charges of attempted carjacking, theft of the Escalade, and theft of a .45 caliber loaded semi-automatic pistol that he dropped moments before his arrest.
Late Thursday afternoon, a couple on Lynnwood Boulevard reported to a West Precinct officer that a 2018 Cadillac Escalade had been stolen from their home earlier in the day. The couple said OnStar tracking on the vehicle was enabled. The OnStar service told police the vehicle was on Putnam Drive in North Nashville. A police helicopter flew into the area and spotted the SUV entering onto Briley Parkway. At the MNPD’s request, OnStar sent a signal to the Escalade causing it to become disabled. It came to a stop on the side of Briley Parkway near Dickerson Pike. Howse bailed from the vehicle and, with pistol in hand, ran down the exit ramp of Briley Parkway. He went up to a car on the ramp and ordered the 41-year-old female driver to “get the f*** out of the car” while trying to open the door. With officers and West Precinct undercover detectives quickly arriving, Howse threw the gun down and was taken into custody.
The pistol Howse had been carrying was stolen April 6 from an unlocked vehicle parked at a home on General Bate Drive.
Howse remains under investigation in regard to numerous vehicle burglaries in West Nashville which are being committed by several teens/young adults apparently working in concert with each other.
During the last two weeks, 80 vehicles have been burglarized in West Nashville, 40 of them unlocked. In 23 others, the thieves used blunt objects to break out windows. On a few occasions, they used garage door openers to gain access to victims’ garages where they searched through cabinets and any additional vehicles. In at least one case, the burglars fired a shot to scare away the property owner who caught them in the act.
The attached video clip from a home on Calloway Court early Thursday shows the auto burglars in action.
The MNPD strongly urges Nashvillians to lock their vehicles regardless of where they park and to remove valuables. Anyone recognizing the persons in the video clip found at this link are asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and qualify for a cash reward.