Woman accused of robbing day care employee, threatening kids

Latasha Hurtch

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A woman is facing multiple charges after she robbed and carjacked another woman working at an east Nashville day care facility.

Police reported Latasha Hurtch, 24, lured the day care employee outside on May 8 by calling the business and reporting a woman and child had just fallen outside.

When the victim opened the door to check, Hurtch allegedly grabbed the woman and forced her way inside, demanding money and keys to her vehicle.

According to an affidavit, Hurtch claimed to have a firearm and threatened to shoot the two young children present if the victim did not give her what she demanded.

The suspect reportedly fled the day are with $135 and a 2013 Ford Taurus, taking with her the day care’s cordless phone so the victim could not call police.

The victim later got a man nearby to call 911 for her.

“Police! Send the police!” the woman can be heard saying on the 911 call. “She said she had a gun. I have kids here please send the police.”

Later that day, the stolen Taurus was discovered after it had been set on fire on Shelby Avenue.

Hurtch was identified by the victim from a photo line-up as well as surveillance video from inside the day care.

News 2 spoke with the day care worker on Friday.

She declined an on camera interview but said, “I am glad they got her and I hope she gets some help. If she had asked, I could have given her something.”

A neighbor told News 2 the area has felt safer than in past years. She pointed out the day care center is one of the new businesses in the area, helping revitalize the neighborhood.

“We moved from out north to out here,” T’Kesha Hagan said. “At first it wasn’t a good place to walk your dogs, but now the neighborhood has been fixed up.”

Hurtch was booked into the Metro jail Thursday and charged with robbery, theft of property, arson and drug possession. Her bond was set at $80,000.

She is due in court on May 26 at 12:30 p.m.

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