Woman allegedly pulled into van in Nashville contacts police

(Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Metro police report the woman witnesses claimed was struck by a man and then forced inside a van in downtown Nashville Sunday night made contact with detectives Monday morning.

Metro police told News 2 the woman called and said she was fine and headed to work.

Authorities said they will attempt to speak with her later Monday.

Sunday’s incident occurred around 9:15 p.m. near the intersection of First Avenue and Broadway.

(Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)
Robert Ervin (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

Metro police told News 2 that witnesses observed a black male exit a white Chevrolet Astro van, strike a white female, who was walking down the street, and pull her into the vehicle.

According to police, the van was reported stolen early Sunday while it was parked along the 1700 block of West End Avenue. The owner said the keys were inside the van at the time it was stolen.

It was later recovered in the 1000 block of Madison Square off Gallatin Pike around 2 a.m.

Robert Ervin, who was inside the van at the time, told officers that he dropped off the man and woman reportedly involved in the downtown incident in Madison.

Ervin was taken into custody and is charged with vehicle theft, shoplifting beer from a Gallatin Pike market and resisting arrest.

The 52-year-old previously received a four-year sentence in May 2014 after being convicted of vehicle theft, fourth offense DUI, felony evading arrest, and being a habitual motor vehicle offender.

The investigation into Sunday night’s incident continues.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 615-74-CRIME.

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