Andy Cordan, WKRN, March 19, 2021
A 16-month long investigation by Metro Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation resulted in significant indictments of suspects accused of targeting and robbing Hispanic victims across the Metro.
Metro detectives tell News 2 the group was organized and systematic in how they committed their alleged crimes. Once arrested and interviewed, suspects confessed to police they targeted Hispanic families because they believed they often had cash and were reluctant to contact the police.
Det. Sgt. Will Amundson lead a group of detectives who worked night and day on this massive crime spree that encompasses cases from 2017 to 2019.
“You have 150 cases, and the first question with 150 cases is how do you know that they did 150 robberies? Well, we used our partnership with the FBI and they did digital forensic analysis and they were able to connect those cases back,” said Amundson.
According to investigators, from 2017 to 2019, six members of an alleged crime syndicate would drive from Clarksville to Nashville using rental cars. Once in Nashville, the armed group allegedly preyed upon predominantly Hispanic families robbing them in parking lots and inside homes.