Specialized Investigations Division detectives and South Precinct officers this morning are raiding and padlocking a Nashville afterhours club that has been the scene of repeated violent acts, including a homicide, cocaine distribution, and unlawful alcohol sales.
La Parranda, 2045 Antioch Pike, has been declared a public nuisance in a temporary injunction and padlocking order issued by Criminal Court Judge Steve Dozier. Judge Dozier’s order prohibits the owners of the establishment, Jose Fransisco VallaFranco-Amaya and Ernestina Majia-Caballero, and anyone else associated with them from entering the premises until a hearing is held on Wednesday, May 11, at 9 a.m.
The execution of the padlocking order is taking place at this unusual time because La Parranda operates in the early morning hours, oftentimes not closing until after 6 a.m.
A several month investigation by undercover detectives shows that La Parranda poses a hazard to patrons and the city by the way it is operated. From January 1, 2015 to April 4, 2016, MNPD officers have responded to 67 calls for service to the club involving a variety of activities including a homicide, shootings, domestic disturbances, fights, disorderly conduct and drug sales/possession.
Jorge Lizanna, 30, of Packard Drive, was fatally wounded in the parking lot of the club in the early morning hours of January 1, 2016. Lizanna’s friend, Jesus Reyes-Pablo, 25, of Heritage Drive, got out of Lizanna’s car and fired shots into the air, prompting security guards at La Parranda to open fire. The investigation into who is responsible for fatally wounding Lizanna is open and continuing and involves ballistics analysis by the MNPD Crime Laboratory.
The investigation also found that cocaine was being sold and used inside the premises, that alcohol was being served afterhours without permits, and that La Parranda is operating in violation of Metro codes.
The following is a synopsis of the MNPD’s investigations concerning La Parranda, which were reported to the District Attorney’s Office:
A computer-generated printout for dispatched calls for service, 01/01/2015 to 04/04/2016, shows that the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department answered a total of 67 (sixty seven) dispatched calls to 2045 Antioch Pk, where the afterhours club La Parranda is located. The calls for service were of the following nature:
- Request Officer for Investigation or Assistance———————–11
Fight or Assault————————————————————15
Criminal vice Activity——————————————————2
Traffic Collision with Injury———————————————–1
Person Shot——————————————————————-2From 01/01/2015 to 04/04/2016, there were a total of 13 requests for Fire Department responses to 2045 Antioch Pike.REQUESTS FOR POLICE ASSISTANCE FROM LA PARRANDA
The following are some of the noteworthy calls for service to, and arrests made at, La Parranda, 2045 Antioch Pike:
a. 01/11/2015 4:45 A.M. Officer Justin McCormick responded to an assault call at La Parranda, 2045 Antioch Pk. During the interview, it was discovered that Maria Sandobal was assaulted by one of the club security guards as she was being removed from the club. During the incident, the co-owner ERNESTINA MEJIA-CABALLERO tried to stop Sandobal from being thrown out of the club as they were friends. The other co-owner JOSE FRANSISCO VILLAFRANCO-AMAYA instructed Rimon Salim (La Parranda security) to remove Sandobal from the club. Sandobal stated that Salim forcefully took a hold of her while putting his hands around her neck and took her outside of the club while trying to punch her. Sandobal had a visible bump on her right cheek from the incident.
b. 3/15/2016 4:35 A.M. Officer Randy Heinze responded to 2045 Antioch Pk, La Parranda, for a fight call. Once there, the victim Jairo Murillo was attempting to break up a fight at the club. As he did, one of the persons involved in the fight began to assault Murillo. Murillo was transported to Southern Hills hospital after the incident. Officer Heinze interviewed several persons at La Parranda which all witnesses claim that they did not see anything.
c. 3/21/2015 6:10 A.M. Officer Justin McCormick responded to 2045 Antioch Pk, La Parranda, for a shooting call. Eliudt Puglisi (La Parranda security) was escorting a subject out of La Parranda. Puglisi stated he saw the individual tugging at his waistband after he was removed from La parranda. The subject then produced a handgun and fired several shots, striking a vehicle twice in the parking lot.
d. 05/02/2015 2:50 A.M. Officer Randy Heinze responded to 2045 Antioch Pk, La Parranda, for a fight call. During the incident the co-owner ERNESTINA MEJIA-CABALLERO stated that she was pushed to the ground by the other co-owner JOSE FRANSISCO VILLAFRANCO-AMAYA. Co-owner JOSE FRANSISCO VILLAFRANCO-AMAYA stated that co-owner ERNESTINA MEJIA-CABALLERO fell due to her level of intoxication during an argument between one another. Officer Heinze reported that co-owner ERNESTINA MEJIA-CABALLERO would have to wait to prosecute due to her level of intoxication.
e. 05/02/2015 Officer Wallis Massey was advised that the shooter from the incident on 03/21/15 had previously been in an altercation with another person at La Parranda the night of the shooting. Jonathan Kennedy reported to Officer Wallis that La Parranda security had broken the fight up and that’s when the suspect ran out of the door, got into his vehicle and began shooting.
f. 05/02/2015 4:00 A.M. Officer Justin McCormick was responding to a fight call at 2045 Antioch Pk, La Parranda. Security advised Officer McCormick that subjects at the location were involved in the shooting incident from 3/21/2015 (MNPD#15-0269193). Officer McCormick conducted an investigative stop of the vehicle at 2045 Antioch Pk. During a consensual search of the vehicle, officers recovered 3.5 grams of marijuana from the vehicle.
g. 05/09/2015 4:25 A.M. Officer Wallis Massey responded to 2045 Antioch Pk, La Parranda, due to a large group of people fighting. The co-owner JOSE FRANSISCO VILLAFRANCO-AMAYA told Officer Wallis that he had been assaulted by 4 patrons from the fight in La Parranda. Co-owner JOSE FRANSISCO VILLAFRANCO-AMAYA was very uncooperative with police in giving information as to the incident. No suspects were found or arrested. Police did witness La Parranda security preventing people from fighting and making several groups of people leave the property.
h. 06/12/2015 4:50 A.M. Officer Steven Williams responded to a shooting at 2045 Antioch Pk, La Parranda. Once there, it was found that Tareq Shehadah had been shot in the foot. Shehadah was also a security guard at La Parranda. Shehadah stated that he heard shots coming from the back of the parking lot. Officers also found bullets lodged in the front window of La Parranda.
i. 06/13/2015 4:30 A.M. Officer Benjamin Froehlich responded to an assault at 2045 Antioch Pk, La Parranda. Seida Vasquez reported to officers that her ex-husband got jealous when he saw her in the club and punched her in the mouth. Vasquez had visible signs of injury on her face from the incident.
j. 06/22/2015 5:26 A.M. Officer Wallace Massey responded to a shooting call at 2045 Antioch Pk, La Parranda. An unknown person called police and told them that an unknown number of gunshots were heard at the intersection of Antioch Pk and Richards Rd. As officers arrived, people from La Parranda were leaving the location. Police spoke with security as well one of the owners of La Parranda who stated there were no gun shots heard in the area. Police were then approached separately by Salim Rimon, a member of La Parranda security, who stated that he heard about 12 gunshots coming from the back of the parking lot.
k. 06/28/15 3:20 A.M. Officer Mathes responded to 2045 Antioch Pk, La Parranda, to help prevent assault and noise complaints. Officers initiated their blue lights in an attempt to deter any crime. Patrons disregarded police presence and continued to stumble into the public roadway making their way into La Parranda. Officer Mathes reported that patrons were throwing beer bottles onto neighboring business properties and becoming disorderly at the entrance door of La Parranda. Officers spoke with the co-owner JOSE FRANSISCO VILLAFRANCO-AMAYA and advised him that he would be responsible for the cleanup. Officers asked JOSE FRANSISCO VILLAFRANCO-AMAYA what the max capacity for his club was. JOSE FRANSISCO VILLAFRANCO-AMAYA could not answer and later stated 188 patrons. Officers asked JOSE FRANSISCO VILLAFRANCO-AMAYA how many people were inside of the La Parranda. JOSE FRANSISCO VILLAFRANCO-AMAYA provided officers with a counter that read 1148. JOSE FRANSISCO VILLAFRANCO-AMAYA then went back into the club to try and get an accurate count. Later a security guard was heard asking for more help due to them having about 270 people inside. Officers advised that they watched La Parranda security guards patting patrons down as they entered, but not checking any ID’s or asking for membership cards. La Parranda security told officers that they were selling beer inside of the club for $5 a beer and that it was being stored inside of a red van in front. Officers were able to observe a large amount of beer in plain view of the van that was parked out in front of La Parranda.
l. 07/05/2015 3:57 A.M. Officer Wallis Massey responded at 3:57 A.M. to 2045 Antioch Pk, La Parranda, in relation to a complaint of loud music. Officer Massey reported that he could hear music from the club at the street. Officer Massey spoke with the owners of La Parranda and advised them to turn the music down.
m. 07/26/2015 4:37 A.M. Officers observed a vehicle leaving 2045 Antioch Pk, La Parranda, at a high rate of speed, swerving all over the road while crossing the center lane lines. The subject was stopped and found to be heavily intoxicated. The subject was arrested for DUI.
n. 08/10/2015 4:00 A.M. Officer Jarred Frazier responded to 2045 Antioch Pk, La Parranda, for an assault incident. Officer Frazier reported that co-owner JOSE FRANSISCO VILLAFRANCO-AMAYA stated that he was punched in the right eye by Erlin Cuevas because he refused to let Cuevas into the club for causing problems in the past. Co-owner JOSE FRANSISCO VILLAFRANCO-AMAYA stated that Cuevas attempted to push his way into the club past him when the incident occurred. Cuevas stated that the co-owner JOSE FRANSISCO VILLAFRANCO-AMAYA grabbed him by the neck and pushed him down after being refused entry into the club. Co-owner JOSE FRANSISCO VILLAFRANCO-AMAYA suffered a swollen right eye from the incident. Neither person prosecuted one another in this matter.
o. 08/10/2015 4:00 A.M. Officer Matthew Barnes responded to 2045 Antioch Pk, La Parranda, for a vehicle theft. Co-owner JOSE FRANSISCO VILLAFRANCO-AMAYA reported that his vehicle was stolen from the parking lot of La Parranda. Co-owner JOSE FRANSISCO VILLAFRANCO-AMAYA had his vehicle parked at the front door of the business at the time it was stolen. La Parranda security witnessed an unknown subject get into the vehicle and drive away from the location. Co-owner JOSE FRANSISCO VILLAFRANCO-AMAYA was also unable to find his keys which had also been removed from the club.
p. 09/06/2015 5:30 A.M. Officer Megan Arnett responded to 2045 Antioch Pk, La Parranda, for a robbery call. Celvin Murrillo stated that he was robbed at La Parranda by co-owner JOSE FRANSISCO VILLAFRANCO-AMAYA and other members of La Parranda security. Murrillo stated that he came out of the club and told the security guards while he was recording that it wasn’t right for them to have big guns. Murrillo stated that the co-owner JOSE FRANSISCO VILLAFRANCO-AMAYA got upset and had one of the La Parranda security guards hold his arms while JOSE FRANSISCO VILLAFRANCO-AMAYA hit him in the face a few times while telling him to stop recording. Murrillo stated that the co-owner JOSE FRANSISCO VILLAFRANCO-AMAYA then took his wallet and cell phone. Officer Arnett reported that Murrillo had minor scratches to his face and neck and that his shirt had been torn. Murrillo did not prosecute the night of the incident. It was also determined that Murrillo was drinking alcohol while he was in La Parranda.
q. 10/11/2015 6:17 A.M. Officer Wallis Massey responded to 2045 Antioch Pk, La Parranda, for a vandalism call. Nilvia Cardona reported that the co-owner JOSE FRANSISCO VILLAFRANCO-AMAYA had busted out the back window of her vehicle after she was removed from La Parranda. Cardona stated that co-owner JOSE FRANSISCO VILLAFRANCO-AMAYA had thrown a rock at her window as she was driving away from the location which caused it to break. Co-owner JOSE FRANSISCO VILLAFRANCO-AMAYA stated that Cardona kept driving back and forth in the parking lot revving her engine after being removed from the club. Co-owner JOSE FRANSISCO VILLAFRANCO-AMAYA stated that someone from a group of people that were behind Cardona’s vehicle threw the rock.
r. 11/29/15 6:21 A.M. Officer John Jeanbaptiste responded to 2045 Antioch Pk, La Parranda, for an assault. Jonathan Kennedy, who is part of La Parranda security, advised that co-owner JOSE FRANSISCO VILLAFRANCO-AMAYA got into his face in the middle of the bar and pushed him. Kennedy stated that co-owner JOSE FRANSISCO VILLAFRANCO-AMAYA attempted to assault him further but was struck in the face by another member of La Parranda security. Officer Jeanbaptiste reported that co-owner JOSE FRANSISCO VILLAFRANCO-AMAYA had a bloody nose. Kennedy also reported that co-owner JOSE FRANSISCO VILLAFRANCO-AMAYA will get intoxicated and violent.
s. 12/05/15 4:56 A.M. Officer Wallis Massey responded to 2045 Antioch Pk, La Parranda, for a domestic dispute call. Elsa Gomez stated that her husband Apolonio Gomez was dancing very close to her inside of La Parranda. Elsa Gomez stated that she had an order of protection against her husband at the time. Officers were not able to verify or find a current order of protection against Apolonio Gomez. Elsa Gomez then returned back into the club.
t. 12/19/2015 6:00 A.M. Sgt. Todd Frye heard shots coming from 2045 Antioch Pk, La Parranda, as he was sitting at the intersection in front of the location. Sergeant Frye spoke with La Parranda security guard Salim Rimon who stated they had just broken up a fight between two subjects inside of the club. Rimon stated that both individuals started shooting at one another after they got into their vehicles. One of the vehicles sped away from police on I-24 without his lights on, eluding police capture. Officers did recover shell casing and projectiles from the location.
u. 1/1/2016 5:46 A.M. Numerous South Precinct officers and detectives responded to 2045 Antioch Pk, La Parranda, for a fatal shooting. Officers found that Jorge Lizama was shot in the head as he sat in the driver seat of his vehicle in the club parking lot. Lizama drove into the club parking lot and the passenger, Jose Reyes got out of the vehicle and started firing a gun into the air. La Parranda security fired shots back at the direction where Reyes and Lizama were. A bullet struck Lizama in the head as he sat in the driver seat of the vehicle. The vehicle then struck another car in the lot. Lizama was pronounced dead around 3:00 P.M. on 01/01/2016. The incident has been reclassified as a homicide by MNPD and the investigation is still pending.
v. 01/31/2016 3:26 A.M. Officer Kyle Arndt responded to 2045 Antioch Pk, La Parranda, for a person with a weapon call. The suspect Adelfo Narvaez was being removed from the club after being involved in a fight. Narvaez attempted to pull away from security and reach into his pocket. La Parranda security saw that Narvaez was attempting to retrieve a firearm from his pocket. La Parranda security took Narvaez to the ground before taking him into custody. Officer Arndt reported that Narvaez was very intoxicated and had a strong odor of alcohol coming from his person during the arrest. Narvaez was arrested after the incident.
w. 02/28/16 4:15 A.M. Officer Caleb Jernigan responded to 2045 Antioch Pk, La Parranda, for an assault call. The victim Milton Amador stated that he was hit in the head with a bottle by the co-owner of La Parranda, JOSE FRANSISCO VILLAFRANCO-AMAYA. Amador was transported to Southern Hills hospital for a cut on his head.
x. 4/2/16 1:30 A.M. through 5:30 A.M. MNPD undercover detectives conducted surveillance at 2045 Antioch Pk, La Parranda, beginning at approximately 1:30 A.M. Upon arrival, they found a red minivan backed up towards the door of the business to which they could not get the license plate number. The van had a metal industrial-size large visible cooler in the back which they could see in plain view as they drove thru the parking lot. At approximately 2:30 A.M., a silver Humvee bearing Tennessee license plate X29-50Y arrived at the location. A short time later, security guards started setting up cones in the parking lot behind the silver Humvee and blocking another space by the door. At 2:40 A.M., numerous cars began arriving at the location. Most of the occupants of these vehicles were carrying full cases of alcohol and large bottles of liquor. Undercover officers were parked in the lot of the club and were able to count approximately 130 people going inside. They watched several different subjects come from the inside of the club, open the back of the van and retrieve what appeared to be beer bottles which were then placed into a large trash can with wheels. Once the can was filled, the subjects took it inside of the club out of sight. Officers observed the subjects going to the van to fill the can up 3 separate times. At around 3:00 A.M., they observed a female subject yelling at a male subject and slapping him in the face several times as the two were standing outside of the door of the club after leaving. The male subject did not fight back with the female. A few minutes later as they were still talking, police observed another male subject trying to talk to the female. Both male subjects began to push and throw punches at one another. The female subject started hitting the other male subject who tried to start talking to her. Undercover officers were able to observe approximately 12 different individuals coming out of the club at different times then walking to the far side of the parking lot. Police were able to see those subjects snorting what police believed to be cocaine. Police were able to observe and film the 2 subjects as they came out of the club, getting into their vehicle and snorting cocaine.
y. 4/23/16 3:15 A.M. Detectives from the MNPD’s Specialized Investigations Division Narcotics Unit conducted an undercover operation at 2045 Antioch Pike, La Parranda. Two detectives were wired with audio and visual recording equipment. Both undercover detectives were able to gain entry into La Parranda around 3:15 A.M. without any membership. Both detectives were charged $10 each at the door for admission. Both undercover detectives were able to purchase beer as they were inside of La Parranda for $5 each. Both undercover detectives witnessed loud music playing inside as well as dancing on a dance floor inside of La Parranda. One undercover detective walked into the bathroom of La Parranda and witnessed an unidentified individual snorting cocaine. The undercover detective was able to purchase approximately .3 grams of cocaine while in the bathroom of La Parranda. Both undercover detectives witnessed, recorded and completed the above mentioned incidents within 20 minutes of being inside of La Parranda. The substance that was recovered from the undercover detective field tested positive for cocaine.
A nuisance action is a civil lawsuit, although Tennessee law provides for it to be filed in Criminal Court.
The MNPD & District Attorney’s Office consider a padlocking order to be a last resort when businesses, and sometimes single family homes, blatantly promote behavior that jeopardizes Nashville’s citizens.