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41-year-old Montez Batts reportedly stared at Madison Mason, walking her dog around 10 a.m. while sitting in his Chevy Malibu on 4th and Madison on April 22nd, 2022. She said that Montez rolled down his window while masturbating to show her what he was doing seemingly. Madison said that he never left the vehicle but later drove off. The officer she reported the indecent exposure to found several other complaints involving a man doing similar things in a Chevy Malibu over the course of a couple of months. The registration was found to be in the ownership of Sharon Harris when the police first investigated, but after the tags needed to be renewed, they found that the ownership had changed to Montez Batts. He was brought into the police headquarters on December 8th of 2022, where police conducted a lineup, and Madison pointed out Montez as the man from the incident back in April. Montez fit the description of two other women, Jenni Melville, and Nicole Havill, in the area complaining that he pulled up to them in a Chevy Malibu with the same registration tag and began masturbating in 2022.
On September 9th, police were surveilling the Northside Market on 18th Ave around 10 p.m. when they saw a vehicle pull up with tags registered to Montez Batts. Montez’s license was revoked, and police saw him and a passenger exit the vehicle with what looked like a weapon in their waistbands. Once police found that Montez was a felon, they followed him out of the parking lot. They conducted a traffic stop on Simpkins St. Montez, exited the vehicle without instruction, and began walking toward the patrol vehicle. The officer engaged in a conversation with him until backup arrived. The officer then spoke to the passenger, asked him to step out of the vehicle, and removed the firearm from his person for the duration of the stop for safety. He told the police that he had no other firearm, and police placed Montez into custody.
Police found marijuana in his sock and a digital scale in his pocket. Inside the vehicle, they found a Glock 43 within arms reach of Montez’s driver’s seat. The passenger stated that the weapon was also his but could not tell the officers what model or caliber of the weapon. He told police that he bought his weapon from a gun store, but he bought the Glock 43 from a friend, which police advised could mean the weapon was stolen. The passenger changed his story to the Glock not being his. Police determined that Montez owned the weapon, causing him to have a weapon while being a convicted felon.
Montez L. Batts of Underwood St in Nashville, TN, was booked into the Metro Nashville Jail on September 9th, charged with driving with a revoked license, felon in possession of a firearm, three counts of indecent exposure, and possession or casual exchange. He is free on a $55,500 bond.
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