Two arrested in series of commercial hold-ups

Outstanding, coordinated investigation by precinct-based detectives led to Tuesday night’s arrest of convicted robbers Timothy Farmer, 32, and Octavious Lewis, 29, who are suspected in the following five commercial hold-ups:

  • May 27, Boost Mobile, 5741 Nolensville Pike;
  • May 27, Metro PCS, 1200 E. Old Hickory Boulevard;
  • May 26, Subway, 305 W. Trinity Lane;
  • May 20, Metro PCS, 5333 Mt. View Road in Antioch;
  • May 16, Shell, 351 Harding Place.

Farmer and Lewis were arrested separately last night by Special Response Team officers assigned to serve arrest warrants in serious felony cases.

Lewis was stopped on I-24 East at the I-40 merger while driving the suspected getaway vehicle used in the robberies, a Ford F-150 pickup truck. He was transported to Brentwood, Tennessee, on an outstanding theft warrant where he admitted his involvement in the May 20th robbery of Metro PCS, 5333 Mt. View Road.

Farmer was taken into custody a short time later at a Shelby Avenue apartment. Detectives recovered a black hat and leg brace from the apartment which are believed to have been worn during the robberies. At present, Farmer is charged with Saturday’s hold-up of Boost Mobile, 5741 Nolensville Pike, and the May 20th robbery of Metro PCS, 5333 Mt. View Road. Farmer, who has prior robbery, attempted aggravated robbery, and reckless endangerment convictions, is being held in lieu of $125,000 bond.

Lewis, who has prior convictions for robbery, felon in possession of a handgun, aggravated burglary, and vehicle theft, remains jailed in Brentwood.

The investigation by Midtown, Madison, and South Precinct detectives continues. Photos of Farmer and Lewis are being withheld pending lineups.