Charges have been filed against two men believed responsible for an armed robbery at a residence in Alexandria and then leading officers on a high speed pursuit before being apprehended in Lebanon early Wednesday morning.
Chief Chris Russell said the Alexandria Police Department has charged 19 year old Tyvarious Turner of Burdock Street, Lebanon and 28 year old Davon Hicks of Oak Leaf Drive, Old Hickory with aggravated robbery and aggravated assault. Sheriff Patrick Ray said Turner has also been charged by the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department with two counts of reckless endangerment, one count of evading arrest, and a first offense of driving on a suspended license. Both Turner and Hicks are each charged by the sheriff’s department with resisting stop, frisk, halt, arrest, or search.
According to Sheriff Ray, Turner and Hicks entered the home on New Hope Road in the City of Alexandria after 3:00 a.m. and held residents there at gunpoint demanding money. They displayed a black handgun and took $1,200 from a man and woman in the home. They also hit another man in the head with the butt of the gun while committing the robbery. During the incident someone called 911 to alert authorities.
Deputies arrived minutes later and spotted a white Saturn in the driveway at the scene. After refusing the officers commands to stop, the driver of the car (Turner) pulled out and took off. Hicks was a passenger. The deputies initiated a pursuit which continued on Highway 53 to Interstate 40 and then to Lebanon, where Turner and Hicks bailed out of the car at an apartment complex on Sycamore Street and tried to flee on foot. The deputies apprehended Turner and Hicks and placed them in custody. The officers were assisted at the scene of the arrest by members of the Lebanon Police Department, Wilson County Sheriff's Department, and the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
The two counts of reckless endangerment against Turner are for his having led two deputies in a pursuit that covered twenty five miles through three counties at speeds of more than 100 miles per hour. He was also found to have been driving on a license which was suspended due to a previous accident with property damage in Wilson County.
Bond for Turner and Hicks on the Alexandria Police Department charges is $40,000 each. Turner’s bond on the sheriff’s department charges totals $28,500 and $4,500 for Hicks.
They will appear in General Sessions Court in DeKalb County on May 19.
The case remains under investigation by the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department and Alexandria Police Department and more arrests may be made.
According to Lebanon Police, Turner is wanted for the March shooting of a 33 year old man multiple times at his home near Cumberland University in Lebanon.
Lebanon Police said they believe the shooting occurred during a robbery due to a large amount of drugs found at the victim's residence.
In April, Turner crashed a car in Wilson County after a vehicle pursuit, striking two cars and a pole on Hartsville Pike near Hillcrest Baptist Church before taking off on foot.
Officials say they found a weapon on the floorboard of the vehicle Turner was in after the crash.