Pizza delivery man’s car stolen, set on fire in east Nashville; 2 arrested

From L to R: Earnest Fred "Fast Freddy" Brown and Billy Cox (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Two convicted felons were arrested Thursday after a pizza delivery driver’s car was stolen and set on fire.

Earnest Fred “Fast Freddy” Brown, 34, and Billy Cox, 35, are charged with carjacking and setting fire to personal property.

It all began when Metro police say the Papa John’s driver got out of his car in the 1100 block of Lillian Street at 8:30 p.m.

Two men approached him and demanded his car with one of the suspects allegedly saying he was armed and would shoot him.

According to a press release, the driver ran away and called police as the two men drove off in his Ford Escort.

Minutes later, an officer spotted Brown and Cox walking on Shelby Avenue near South 15th Street. Metro police say the officer smelled smoke, saw the car on fire, and took the two men into custody.

Brown, who has previous convictions for aggravated assault, auto burglary, burglary, and felony theft, is being held on $110,000 bond.

Cox, who has previous convictions for drug possession and DUI, is being held in lieu of $121,000 bond. He was also charged with a probation violation.

Police said the home on Lillian Street was unoccupied at the time of the hold-up.

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