Two teens, Jannette Esquivel, 19, and Aaron Trejo, 17, are charged with five separate armed hold-ups that occurred Saturday night in South Nashville, including a shooting in the 3200 block of Cloudfalls Trace that critically injured a male victim.
Officers quickly responded to the robbery/shooting on Cloudfalls Trace just after 9 p.m. The victim was shot after he struggled with two young male suspects armed with handguns. He was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he is in stable condition.
Witnesses reported that the suspects fled in a black Chevrolet Equinox. A short time later, officers attempted to stop the suspect SUV near the intersection of Murfreesboro Pike and Couchville Pike but the driver sped off. Officers with the LaVergne Police Department later stopped the Equinox and took the driver, Esquivel, and her passenger, Trejo, into custody. A third suspect, believed to be a young male Hispanic in his teens, fled on foot. He remains at large. Two handguns were recovered.
During an interview with South Precinct detectives, Esquivel admitted her involvement in the Cloudfalls Trace robbery and the following four hold-ups which all occurred outside residences:
• At 7:45 p.m. two victims sitting on a porch were robbed on Waikiki Boulevard;
• At 8 p.m. one victim sitting in his vehicle was robbed at 500 Piccadilly Row;
• At 8:45 p.m. three victims were robbed at 2714 Murfreesboro Pike;
• At 8:50 p.m. one victim was robbed outside his Terrapin Trail residence.
Esquivel, of Smyrna, Tennessee, is charged with seven counts of aggravated robbery and one count of especially aggravated robbery. She is being held in lieu of $480,000 bond. Trejo, of Bell Road, refused to be interviewed. He is charged in Juvenile Court with three counts of aggravated robbery and one count of especially aggravated robbery.