2 arrested, 1 at large after Craigslist sale becomes robbery in Nashville

(Photo: WKRN)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Two men were arrested and third remains at large after police say a 4-wheeler was stolen from man after he posted it for sale on Craigslist.

The two suspects already in custody are 20-year-old Ryan Kirby and 21-year-old Tevan Spears.

Metro police are searching for the third, who has been identified as 27-year-old James Bell III.

James Bell (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)
James Bell (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

According to a Metro police captain, it began when the victim was selling the 4-wheeler on Craigslist. Kirby reportedly contacted the victim and met him with Bell at a home on Grays Point Road around 10:30 p.m.

While the victim was showing the ATV to the two men, Spears came into the victim’s garage wearing a mask and wielding a gun.

According to an affidavit, Spears demanded the ATV and the victim complied while Spears reportedly took the victim’s cellphone and wallet. Kirby and Bell then left in a car while Spears fled on the ATV.

In an attempt to get his ATV back, the victim drove his pick-up truck after Spears and then in front of the path of the ATV. Spears is accused of firing multiple shots at the victim and his truck.

At some point, Spears wrecked the ATV and abandoned it. Officers later spotted all three suspects walking down Clarksville Pike.

When officers approached, they reportedly ran. One was caught by a K-9 and the other by an officer.

However, 27-year-old Bell remains at large. He is described as a black male, around 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing about 150 pounds.

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

Spears was charged with attempted criminal homicide and aggravated robbery. His bond was set at $150,000.

Kirby was charged with aggravated robbery and his bond was set at $25,000.

Metro police remind residents that all Nashville police precincts are available as “safe exchange zones” for online sale transactions.

From L to R: Tevan Spears and Ryan Kirby (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)
From L to R: Tevan Spears and Ryan Kirby (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

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