Franklin police continue search for mall carjacker

Franklin police continue search for mall carjacker (Image 1)

Franklin police continue to follow up on leads in the search for a man who kidnapped a woman from the Cool Springs Galleria at gunpoint and forced her to withdraw money from an ATM on Wednesday.

The man eventually let the woman go unharmed, but stole her car following the robbery.

Police later recovered her car at the Hickory Highlands Apartment Complex at 100 Hickory Highlands Drive in Antioch.

Cool Springs Galleria and Franklin police's flex unit are working together to monitor the shopping mall for criminal activity and respond to people who need help.

“We have police men on our payroll particularly in those anticipated heavy crowd times,” Cool Springs Galleria Director of Security Doug Frady said. “Franklin police patrol this area very nicely for us, and it is just a great working relationship.”

Frady said despite Wednesday's robbery, the holiday shopping season has been uneventful from a security standpoint.

“I think that, maybe, was a crime of opportunity by someone who has done it before, I believe,” Frady said.

Franklin police, along with mall security, patrol the inside and outside of the mall around the clock, even when the mall is closed for business.

The mall also uses a network of cameras mounted around the property to keep an eye on what is happening.

“The key word would probably be awareness,” Frady said. “You have to be aware of your surroundings and pay attention to where you park your car so you are not wandering around out in the parking lot.”

Franklin police are also using their critical incident command unit outside the mall.

The mobile unit is equipped with surveillance equipment as well as an area for flex unit officers to monitor video feeds.

The officers are also in constant communication with mall staff. The officers cannot be identified because of the nature of their work.

“Here in Franklin, we are lucky enough to have police who are interested in the mall as a business location and a destination location,” Frady said.

The suspect wanted in connection with Wednesday's robbery at the shopping mall is described as a young black man.

He is said to have a slim build, possibly short hair and was wearing a beanie type hat and jeans.

Anyone with information about his identity should call Williamson County Crime Stoppers at 615-794-4000 or the Franklin Police Department at 615-794-2513.

When calling Crime Stoppers callers can remain anonymous, do not have to testify and can receive up to $1000 in a cash reward.

You can also text your tip. Text keyword 615FPD, along with your message, to 847411.

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