James Presley threatens women with gun for parking next to him in Goodwill parking lot

James Presley threatens women with gun for parking next to him in Goodwill parking lot

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60-year-old James Lee Presley was taken into custody for two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon on June 19th.  Brenda Padron called the police to the Cockrill Bend Boulevard Goodwill Outlet Store. Brenda advised officers that Presley had waved and pointed a gun at her and Ana Padron. Brenda said she was backing into a parking spot next to Presley, who was in the passenger seat. She stated Presley started cursing about how they nearly hit his daughter, Jamie Bushar’s car, saying that he would shoot them. Ana stated she observed the handgun being waved around. Brenda then went to another parking space and alerted the authorities. When officers arrived, Ana and Brenda told them that Presley was still in the parking lot and pointed out the vehicle to them as it drove past. Officers noticed Presley was crouched in the front passenger seat as if he were avoiding being seen by them. Then, officers stopped the vehicle on Cockrill Bend Boulevard and ordered Presley to exit before detaining him. Presley told officers he had a handgun in the car and was a permit holder. After officers located it, they Mirandized Presley, under which he admitted to cursing at Brenda because he thought she was going to hit his daughter’s car. He added that while yelling at them, he was moving his handgun from his right hip to the rear floorboard but never pointed it at them. Presley said he moved the car because Bushar told him she and her mom were exiting the store. Bushar told officers that her dad called her while she was still in the store and said he had moved the car because someone almost hit it in the parking lot. Presley was then jailed for the occurrence.

James Presley Sr. (MNPD)
James Presley Sr. (MNPD)

James Lee Presley of Burgess Falls Road in Spartanburg, TN, was booked into the Metro Nashville Jail on June 19th, charged with two counts of aggravated assault. He is free on a $6,000 bond.

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