Sex offender arrested for being in ice cream truck

Sex offender arrested for being in ice cream truck (Image 1)

A convicted sex offender was arrested Monday morning after authorities saw him in an ice cream truck in east Nashville a few days before.

According to an affidavit, officers were investigating Larry Frierson’s undisclosed residence on Cleveland Street when they saw him in the passenger seat of a blue and green Dodge van ice cream truck on July 10.

According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Sex Offender Registry, Frierson was listed as homeless.

Christina Crownover, the mother of a young child, was shocked after learning about her next door neighbor.

“He seems nice, caring; he was clean. I just never knew that he was a sexual offender,” said Crownover.

Officers stated the truck traveled down Cleveland, Stockell and Hancock streets.

Children reportedly approached the truck while Frierson was inside near the intersection of Evanston Avenue and Stockell Street.

“He could just grab one of them and take them into the truck. You never know,” said concerned neighbor Tina Willette.

A warrant was issued for his arrest and he was taken into custody Monday morning after probation parole officers with the Tennessee Department of Corrections found him with the help of Frierson’s court-ordered GPS device.

“We were tracking him at four miles-per-hour. We just assumed he was on a bicycle after going around three different locations and seeing the same ice cream truck we kind of looked at one another and said at the same time he’s not on a bicycle he’s in this truck and sure enough there he was in the passenger seat,” said Probation Parole Officer Joseph Coccia.

“His face was just in disbelief that he was just caught,” said Probation Parole Officer Bill Farwell.

News 2 reached out to the Davidson County Clerk’s office which issues business licenses. A spokesperson said the ice cream truck Frierson was traveling in was not registered to him, nor did he even have a business license to run it.

County officials also said licensed business owners are not required to give employees background checks.

Tasha McGee, who owns and operates Ralph’s Ice Cream trucks, said that needs to change.

“Anyone can get behind a wheel and drive and sell whatever they want, so it’s up to the owner to make sure everything is up to par,” said McGee.

Frierson is charged with a second offense of a sex offender registration violation and a sex offender employment violation.

He was booked into the Metro jail on $15,000 bond.

Frierson will appear in court for a preliminary hearing on Friday morning.

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