2 arrested in ‘botched robbery’ that left man dead in East Nashville

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Police have arrested two people in what they call a “botched robbery” that left one man dead and a woman injured in east Nashville shooting Tuesday evening.

The situation began before 6 p.m. at Shelby Park and ended at Shelby and South 17th Street where a car crashed into a Nashville MTA bus.

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Mark Matlock (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)
Mark Matlock (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

Metro police reported Mark Matlock, 57, and Angel Pendred, 32, met two other people in a parking lot adjacent to the park’s tennis courts. Those other people have been identified as Crystal Taylor, 22, and James Bratchie, 26.

While meeting, shots were eventually exchanged in what police say is a “botched robbery” involving heroin.

Matlock was reportedly hit multiple times. He and Pendred sped away and were traveling west on Shelby Avenue when he lost control and crashed into an MTA bus near South 17th Street.

There was several people on the bus at the time of the crash, but no one was injured.

Matlock was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he died shortly after arriving. Pendred was also taken to Vanderbilt for treatment of non-life threatening injuries sustained in the crash.

Both Taylor and Bratchie were arrested the following day on Wednesday. They face charges of criminal homicide.

Metro police say the getaway car they used was recovered from Elliott Drive in Old Hickory. Officers then found the couple nearby and placed them under arrest.

Crystal Taylor (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)
Crystal Taylor (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)
James Bratchie (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)
James Bratchie (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

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