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Four South Nashville Robberies Cleared Following Thursday Vehicle Stop

5/10/2013

May 10, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday afternoon’s stop of a Ford Expedition on Harding Place at Humber Drive has resulted in the clearance of four South Nashville armed robbery cases.
          
At 1:40 p.m. Thursday, a woman was at her vehicle in the parking lot of Woodbridge Apartments off Antioch Pike when a white Expedition pulled up behind her.  Two passengers, a man armed with a knife and a woman armed with a machete, got out.  The man demanded her purse while the woman stood by.  After robbing the victim, the two got back into the Expedition and fled.
          
Officers saturated the area in search of the Expedition.  It was spotted and stopped.  Grecia Barrios (female), 25, was the driver.  Alexis De Leon Mendizabal (male), 21, and Stephanie Perez, 16, were the passengers.  Barrios’ two children, ages four and one, were also in the vehicle.  The suspects were brought to the victim for a show up.  She positively identified Mendizabal and Perez as the two persons who robbed her.
          
During interviews at the South Precinct, Barrios admitted to being the driver in Thursday’s robbery and in three other similar robberies.  Mendizabal confessed to his involvement in Thursday’s robbery, but not to any others.  Perez denied any involvement whatsoever.
          
As a result of the investigation thus far, Barrios is charged with three counts of aggravated robbery for yesterday’s case as well as robberies April 26th at Dominion House Apartments on Linbar Drive and May 3rd on Apache Trail.  Detectives expect to charge her with a May 3rd robbery at Nob Hill Villa Apartments on Wallace Road next week.  Barrios is also charged with two counts of reckless endangerment for having her children in the SUV during Thursday’s robbery.
          
Mendizabal and Perez are each charged with one count of aggravated robbery and two counts of reckless endangerment stemming from Thursday’s case.
          
The photographs of the three suspects are being withheld pending photo lineups to determine their potential involvement in other South Nashville robberies.

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