Melvin Lang strangles wife during argument, threatens to kill her

52-year-old Melvin Lang was involved in a domestic altercation with his wife of 12 years, Julia Lang, at their residence on 1st Avenue North on April 5th. Julia stated that Melvin choked her before he left and informed officers that Melvin left her on Broadway the previous night, so they had an argument about it today. Julia advised that one second, she was standing up, and then another, she was on the ground, mounted by Melvin before he began strangling her. Julia stated that the strangulation lasted around one minute, so she thought that her husband was going to kill her. Melvin proceeded to tell Julia, “he didn’t care, and he would her.” Julia fought Melvin off by scratching and biting him while crying frantically. Melvin was then taken into custody and charged with aggravated assault.

DUI: Terry Briskey swerves between lanes nearly striking telephone pole

59-year-old Terry Lynn Briskey swerved in his white Nissan Rogue and hit a concrete barrier on North Main Street late April 5th. Briskey crossed back over two traffic lanes, nearly striking a telephone pole as well as another vehicle. Officers observed this and conducted a traffic stop, where he continued driving and slowly drifted into the southbound lane. Then, officers pulled next to Briskey and noticed he was lying across the center console, appearing to be unconscious. Officers parked in front of his Nissan to ensure his safety, during which he sat up and looked at them. While Briskey tried to park his car and turn the radio down, he showed numerous signs of impairment. After he parked, officers noticed Briskey reeked of alcohol and removed him from the driver’s seat, where he admitted to having a drink an hour before the incident. Officers informed him of implied consent, and he agreed to provide a blood sample. After Briskey was transported to Nashville General Hospital, he was taken into custody for driving under the influence.

18-year-old Karla Hernandez-Reyes jailed after being getaway driver for shooter

18-year-old Karla Dayana Hernandez-Reyes was taken into custody for the facilitation of aggravated assault on April 11th. On March 24th, around 6:33 a.m., the police received a call regarding a shooting at a Preserve Circle residence. When officers arrived, they located Brillian Amilcar Mercado-Nunez with a gunshot wound to his face, so they rendered aid until medics showed up to transport him to Vanderbilt Medical Center. Detectives were advised of the incident and investigated, during which they observed a large amount of blood on the couch and living room floor. They spoke with multiple people who were inside during the shooting and identified Hernandez-Reyes as the individual who drove the shooter to and from the scene, helping him escape.

Booster Cassandra Woods steals $6,319 worth of merchandise from TJ Maxx

32-year-old Cassandra Woods stole merchandise from the TJ Maxx on Gallatin Pike North around 6:12 p.m. on May 25th, 2023. While inside the business, she grabbed multiple designer purses worth $5,600 and left without paying.

Then, on June 13th, 2023, around 7:12 p.m., she returned to TJ Maxx, collected $719.93 worth of merchandise, and exited without purchasing the items. Woods was taken into custody for two counts of theft on April 11th, 2024.

Mark Swayze falls over drunk at Nashville International Airport

62-year-old Mark Melvin Swayze fell onto the floor at Nashville International Airport in the early hours of April 4th. When officers arrived, they provided Swayze with medical attention. He refused to be transported to the hospital for any additional treatment and advised officers he had multiple alcoholic beverages on his flight from Dallas, Texas, to Nashville, Tennessee. While he was speaking, officers noticed he reeked of alcohol, so they asked him about the fall, but he was unable to give them any information. Swayze was deemed a danger to himself and others and was taken into custody for public intoxication.

Scott McConnell indicted on two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor

A Davidson County Grand Jury indicted 28-year-old Scott Daniel McConnell for two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor on November 15th, 2023. The indictment alleges that on the 7th and 8th day of January 2020, Mr. McConnell did knowingly possess material that included a minor engaged in sexual activity or simulated sexual activity that is patently offensive. McConnell was taken into custody on April 5th, 2024, in Davidson County.

Criminal Court Clerk hid an arrest record from public search, DA’s office

Imagine being arrested on two felony charges, and then convincing the criminal court clerk to remove your name from their database so no one would know about your arrest or charges. Not even the District Attorney could locate you in a search for your case. That was the reality for a Brentwood woman, who convinced Julius Sloss of Howard Gentry’s office to redact her name, and replace it with unsearchable initials. When Scoop: Nashville began to inquire about the special treatment, things quickly changed.

Christopher Nelson refuses to stop sleeping in Burnham Apartments parking garage

47-year-old Christopher Nelson was sleeping in the parking garage and refusing to leave the Burnham Apartments on Representative John Lewis Way South in the early hours of April 9th. When officers arrived, they spoke with security at the apartments and located Nelson. Officers told him to leave, which he did as they informed him he was not allowed to return. After this, Nelson sat on a bench nearby, and officers left the scene. Then, after receiving an unrelated call, about 15 to 20 minutes later, they patrolled the Burnham Apartments again and noticed Nelson was sleeping in the garage between two vehicles. Nelson was taken into custody for criminal trespass.

31-year-old Kessler Sandoval-Villela jailed after having child with 15-year-old minor

31-year-old Kessler Rene Sandoval-Villela was taken into custody for two counts of aggravated statutory rape on April 6th. On January 26th, the staff at St. Thomas Midtown made a DCS referral because Sandoval-Villela signed a birth certificate claiming to be the father of the child birthed by a 15-year-old minor female. When officers arrived, Sandoval-Villela told them the sex was consensual and that he believed she was 18 years old, adding that they had sex at his home in Goodlettsville, Tennessee. During a forensic interview, the 15-year-old disclosed that she had met him at a friend’s house in July 2022, when their relationship began. Their relationship has been ongoing since July 2022. Sandoval-Villela was 30 years old at the time of the child’s conception, and the minor victim was 14 years old. Sandoval-Villela was taken into custody on April 5th.

Rochdi Benaissa jailed after stealing single can of beer

44-year-old Rochdi Benaissa stole from the Shell Gas Station on Fessler’s Lane in the early hours of March 9th. When officers arrived, they spoke with Laquita Holt, a Shell employee, who advised them that he entered the store, picked up a $2.99 can of beer, and then exited without paying. Benaissa told the police he went to the store for beer and was refused service when he tried to pay because he did not have a shirt on, so he took the beer to his car and fell asleep in the parking lot. He was cited for the incident. Then, Benaissa was booked on the citation of theft on April 4th.

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