It took police six minutes to apprehend a suspect Friday morning who had stolen a truck in front of the vehicle owner and his daughter.
On Friday, December 12, a father spotted a man walking as he started his pickup truck at his home on Stones River Road. The victim was warming his truck before driving his daughter to her elementary school. As the victim was walking back toward his house, the suspect got in the truck and the owner turned to confront the man. The suspect was able to drive away after a brief physical scuffle witnessed by the child, who also tried to help.
Police were notified of the incident at 6:52 a.m. The suspect crashed the truck at 73rd Avenue and Nir Shreibman Boulevard in La Vergne, and was apprehended at 6:58 a.m. by the condominiums near the La Vergne Public Library after he fled the crash scene on foot.
Roosevelt Pitts, III, age 23 is being charged with robbery, two charges of aggravated assault, vandalism, theft, leaving the scene of accident and driving without a license. Pitts had been staying in La Vergne since Thanksgiving at a group facility following his release after serving time for a probation violation on an original charge of attempted homicide. The metro Nashville resident has an extensive criminal history that also includes theft and robbery.
"While we are pleased this suspect was caught quickly, it is important to remind our residents to only warm your car while you are in the car," said Lieutenant Michael Campbell. "Every community has predators that are looking to take advantage of other people. It is tempting to wait inside your home on a cold day while your vehicle heats up, but doing this can put your property at risk."