Man charged in brutal beating of neighbor who he says used derogatory slur — Bruce Kelly

Man charged in brutal beating of neighbor who he says used derogatory slur — Bruce Kelly

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28-year-old Bruce Kelly was booked into the Metro Nashville Jail on December 23rd after he brutally beat up his neighbor who he says offended him by using derogatory slurs about sexual orientation. Kelly reportedly overheard his neighbor, Zachary Rose, make statements he was uncomfortable with and followed him up the steps and into the victim’s apartment, where he allegedly pushed him to the ground, got on top of him, and repeatedly punched him in the face multiple times. When interviewed, Kelly stated: “I don’t really remember what happened, I beat him up though”. Kelly is charged with aggravated burglary and assault and is jailed in lieu of a $4,500 bond.

COMPLAINT:
2021-0648446
ARREST WARRANT / AFFIDAVIT:
ON 12/23/21 AT APPROXIMATELY 1530 POLICE WERE DISPATCHED TO 517 VERITAS ST REGARDING REGARDING AN ASSAULT. WHEN POLICE ARRIVED THE VICTIM HAD TWO LARGE BUMPS ON THE LEFT SIDE OF HIS FOREHEAD, AS WELL AS SWELLING TO THE LEFT SIDE OF THE VICTIM’S JAW.

THE VICTIM TOLD POLICE THAT HE HAD BEEN SPEAKING WITH ANOTHER NEIGHBOR, THE VICTIM SAID THAT HE QUOTED A MOVIE LINE TO HIM. THE LINE INCLUDED THE WORD “BITCH.” THE DEFENDANT WAS ALSO STANDING OUTSIDE DURING THIS CONVERSATION. THE VICTIM THEN BEGAN WALKING UPSTAIRS TOWARDS HIS APARTMENT. AS THE VICTIM GOT TO HIS DOOR HE HEARD FOOTSTEPS RUNNING UP THE STAIRS. THE VICTIM STEPPED INTO HIS APARTMENT TURNED AND WAS HIT IN THE FACE BY THE DEFENDANT.

THE VICTIM STATED THAT HE WAS STANDING IN HIS APARTMENT WHEN HE WAS HIT. THE VICTIM STATED THAT HE FELL TO THE FLOOR AND THE DEFENDANT THEN GOT ON TOP OF HIM AND HIT HIM SEVERAL MORE TIMES IN THE FACE. A WITNESS TOLD POLICE THAT HE HAD BEEN SPEAKING TO THE VICTIM OUTSIDE HIS APARTMENT. HE SAW THE VICTIM GO UP THE STAIRS TO HIS APARTMENT AND THEN HEARD MORE FOOTSTEPS GOING UPSTAIRS. THE WITNESS WALKED OUT INTO THE PARKING LOT AND STATED THAT HE COULD SEE THE VICTIM’S FOOT AS IF THE VICTIM WAS DOWN ON THE GROUND. HE COULD SEE THE DEFENDANT ON TOP OF THE VICTIM HITTING HIM.

THE DEFENDANT TOLD POLICE THAT HE WAS STANDING OUTSIDE OF HIS APARTMENT WHEN THE VICTIM WALKED PAST HIM. THE DEFENDANT HEARD THE VICTIM TALKING WITH THE SUSPECT. THE DEFENDANT HEARD THE VICTIM SAY “THESE FAGS CALLING THE POLICE AGAIN.” THE DEFENDANT BELIEVES THIS SLUR WAS DIRECTED AT HIM, AS HE HAD CALLED THE POLICE ON THE VICTIM BEFORE.

THE DEFENDANT STATED THAT HE FOLLOWED THE VICTIM UP THE STAIRS. THE DEFENDANT SAID THAT HE AND THE VICTIM GOT INTO A FIGHT. “I DON’T REALLY REMEMBER WHAT HAPPENED, I BEAT HIM UP THOUGH.” THE VICTIM HAD VISIBLE INJURIES AND WAS CHECKED OUT BY MEDICS, HE WAS NOT TRANSPORTED. OFFICERS SAW SIGNS OF AN ALTERCATION INSIDE OF THE APARTMENT. THE PICTURES WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE INCIDENT REPORT.

PROSECUTOR:
ZACHARY ROSE
GREGORY J RDZOK
SIGNED BY COMMISSIONER / JUDGE:
CAROLYN PIPHUS
VICTIM:
ZACHARY ROSE
Bruce Kelly (MNPD)
Bruce Kelly (MNPD)
CASE CHARGE BOND
GS958641 AGGRAVATED BURGLARY 3500
GS958642 ASSAULT 1000

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DEFENDANT: KELLY, BRUCE E
AKA(s): BRUCE E KELLY
ADDRESS:
JMS ID: 968511
CONTROL ID: 605776
SEX: M
RACE: BLACK
DOB: 02/09/1993 (28)
ADMITTED: 12/23/2021 5:55:09 PM
RELEASED:
BOND VIA:

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