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Clarksville Police Department reports a Man Attempted to Rob a Store with Gun and Improvised Explosive Device

Clarksville Police DepartmentClarksville, TN – On May 12th, 2012, around 9:00pm, Clarksville Police responded to a robbery at a business on the 2700 Block of Wilma Rudolph Boulevard in which a man had a gun and was fighting with the store manager outside.

When officers arrived, the store employees had already wrestled the gun away from the man and had him pinned on the ground, holding him for Police.

Thomas Franklin

When officers took the man, later identified as Thomas Lee Franklin, into custody, they noticed a package resembling an explosive device on the sidewalk in front of the business.

Officers immediately cordoned off the parking lot, notified the Montgomery County Bomb Squad and requested additional emergency responders for assistance at the scene. After an inspection of the device by Montgomery County Bomb Squad, it was determined to be an active device, at which time, they took actions to render the device safe.

The investigation revealed that Franklin had approached the store manager outside of the store, lifted his shirt to show a handgun, and gave him a note demanding money. The manager and suspect then engaged in a physical confrontation, and then other employees jumped in to disarm the man until Police arrived.

Thomas Franklin

Thomas FranklinName: Thomas Lee Franklin (B/M)

DOB: 8/2/87
Given Address: 3347 John Taylor Road, Woodlawn, TN
Arresting Officer: Sven Szczerbiak
Charged With: Criminal Attempt to Commit Aggravated Robbery and Prohibited Weapons
Booked Into: Montgomery County Jail
Bond: $35,000.


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