3 teens charged in violent Nashville robbery, multi-county police chase

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Three teenagers were arrested Friday morning and charged in a violent robbery.

The teens are also accused of leading police on a chase from South Nashville into Sumner County and then back into Nashville.

Metro police identified the teens as Markavious Battle, 16, and Eh Lay, 17, and Jose Martinez, 17.

Each faces one count of aggravated robbery. Battle will also be charged with felony cocaine possession and possession of guns in the commission of a felony, and Martinez is also charged with felony evading arrest.

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According to a press release, the overnight robbery took place shortly after 2 a.m. when the victim returned home to his Richards Road apartment complex.

Police said the victim reported he was walking toward his building when a Ford Flex pulled out of a parking spot and began slowly following him.

Two young men got out of the vehicle, one of whom wore a mask and carried a pistol, police said. He demanded the victim’s money and reportedly pistol-whipped him when the victim replied he didn’t have any.

Metro police said the two robbers then ran back to the car and left the area.

A short time later, a Metro police officer spotted the Ford Flex on Harding Place. The officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop, but police say the driver sped away.

A pursuit ensued on the interstate. Authorities say the Ford Flex traveled from South Nashville to the county line on I-65. Just before entering Sumner County, the car hit a police-deployed spike strip, causing one of the front tires to go flat.

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Metro police called of the chase at that point, but authorities say Goodlettsville police then spotted the Flex, initiating another pursuit.

A press release states the suspects then traveled back into Davidson County, where Metro police officers again attempted to stop them.

The pursuit ended on Rainwood Drive where police say two of the three young men, Martinez and Battle, bailed out and ran.

Lay reportedly remained at the scene and was taken into custody.

A K-9 was used to track the suspects, and Metro police said Battle was found in a backyard on Masonwood Drive where he was hiding. He was taken into custody and allegedly had two guns in his possession. Authorities said they had been reported stolen–one from a gun store in Mt. Juliet and the other during a car burglary.

Metro police said Martinez got away but came to meet officers at the South Precinct late Friday morning. According to police, he told detectives he ran into a wooded area to escape and was driving his mother’s Ford Flex without permission.

The three remain under investigation in regard to other criminal activity in the South Nashville area over the past few days.