Franklin police search for suspects targeting women in violent attacks

Franklin Police
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FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WKRN) – Franklin police are searching for the suspects they say are targeting women and their personal items.

The latest violent attack occurred in the parking lot of a theater at 633 Frazier Drive in the Cool Springs area Thursday night.

Police say an employee of a neighboring business had gotten off of work and was getting into her car when she someone approached her.

“When the man approached her from behind as she was getting into that car the man took her arm, put it behind her back, picked her up and slammed her to the ground,” said Sgt. Charles Warner with the Franklin Police Department.

The victim reported to police the suspect then put his boot on her head announcing the robbery.

Following the robbery, the suspect jumped into a small, dark colored, compact vehicle, which was driven by another person, and fled the area. The victim suffered cuts and scrapes from the attack, but was not seriously injured.

This is the third Franklin robbery of a woman in two weeks.

Police are working to determine whether or not this robbery is connected to two others that occurred on the evening of April 9. The first robbery occurred at about 8:30 pm in a parking lot behind the Main Street businesses that run between Third and Fourth avenues.

An employee, who was leaving work, got into her car and shut the door. Two armed men opened her car door and fled with her purse after a brief struggle.

About an hour later, a second woman was robbed just four miles away in the Sullivan Farms subdivision.

The victim was arriving home when the same two suspects walked into her garage, pointed their guns at her and demanded money.

The suspects in the April 9 robberies were described as young black males who tied T-shirts around their faces to obscure their identities. They were driving a small maroon SUV.

While authorities are asking for help tracking down these suspects, women are being warned to be extra vigilant, especially during the evening hours.

“Women need to be alert of their surroundings, walk in pairs and make sure that they avoid isolated or unlit areas if they have to walk alone,” said Warner.

“Keep your keys handy…if you can get some mace your and phone just have everything available if you can,” said Chasity Spain, a concerned resident.

Franklin police are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the identification and arrest of these suspects in these three incidents.

Anyone with information is urged to call police at 615-794-2513 or Crime Stoppers at 615-794-4000.

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