Nashville’s ‘Top 10 Most Wanted’ fugitives: Week of April 3, 2024

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — The Metro Nashville Police Department is continuing to try to track down a number of wanted fugitives — some of whom are among the city’s “Most Wanted” due to the violent nature of their alleged crimes.

The police department’s list of “Top 10 Most Wanted” fugitives is updated every Wednesday on the Criminal Warrants Division’s Facebook page. Officials said those featured on the list are often considered to be some of the “most violent” offenders in the city.

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Of the suspects on this week’s list, almost half are wanted on homicide, attempted homicide or murder charges. The rest of Nashville’s “Most Wanted” suspects are accused of crimes such as rape, child abuse, burglary and aggravated assault.

Police have been trying to track down most of the people on this week’s list for months, or in some cases, years. A few suspects have recently been added back to the list after being indicted by a grand jury, including Ladonte Groves, who is accused of multiple sex crimes.

While the search for these suspects continues, the “Most Wanted” list has aided police in several arrests. In total, at least 96 “Most Wanted” fugitives have been taken into custody since the program was launched in October 2022 — 14 of which have been within the last few months.

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Aaron Dewayne Newsome was on the run for over a year before authorities said he was taken into custody on Feb. 28. Newsome is accused of assaulting multiple women, and in one instance, threatening to shoot the victim “in the head.”

According to investigators, tips from the public have been vital in several “Most Wanted” arrests. Below is a list of the suspects who made the police department’s “Top 10 Most Wanted” list the week of April 3.

1. Lagarrion L. Blacksmith

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Lagarrion Blacksmith (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

At number one, Lagarrion Blacksmith, 34, is considered this week’s “Top Most Wanted” fugitive, according to the MNPD. Blacksmith has remained at the top of the list for several months as police continue to try to track him down.

He was initially added to the “Most Wanted” list on Nov. 29, 2023, after investigators said they were able to connect him to a deadly shooting that took place outside a Dickerson Pike bar last year.

Officers found 35-year-old Chancellor Eddins lying on the ground just outside of Trvth Lounge on Feb. 18, 2023. He had been shot and later died at the scene. Another man who had also been hit by the gunfire was able to give officers an account of what happened.

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According to police, the injured man told them he and Eddins had gotten into an argument with the suspect inside of the bar. Then, shots were fired as they left the location. At the time, the identity of the alleged shooter was unclear.

Months later, investigators announced Blacksmith had been identified as a suspect. On Nov. 22, 2023, officials said arrest warrants had been issued against Blacksmith for criminal homicide, attempted homicide, and felon in possession of a handgun.

However, efforts to locate him have reportedly been unsuccessful. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the MNPD at 615-862-8600 or Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463.

2. Raceme Crutcher

Raceme Crutcher
Raceme Crutcher (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

Police have been looking for Raceme Crutcher, 22, since July 2023, when he was named as one of two suspects in a deadly Fourth of July shooting.

Officials said the shooting happened at the Fallbrook Apartments on Dellway Villa Road. Etabo Malanda, 16, was reportedly standing on the porch of an apartment when two armed individuals came from around the corner and confronted him.

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Malanda allegedly tried to pull out a pistol that was inside his hoodie, but he was shot. Police said he died shortly after he was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

According to investigators, four guns were recovered from the apartment, including one that was reported stolen. Crutcher and 17-year-old Jaylin Brown were reportedly connected to the crime through witness accounts.

Investigators also obtained surveillance footage and additional information from community members that they said pointed to Crutcher and Brown as suspects in the case. Officials believe the motive may have been an ongoing dispute between the suspects and Malanda.

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Brown was taken into custody on Aug. 31, 2023, after police reportedly caught him driving a stolen car. However, authorities said Crutcher is still on the run. He was added to the “Most Wanted” list on Nov. 15, 2023. His last location is unknown.

3. Kejuan Jordan-Cole

Kejuan Jordan-Cole
Kejuan Jordan-Cole (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

Kejuan Jordan-Cole, 22, is believed to be one of seven suspects involved in another deadly shooting on the Fourth of July, according to officials.

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Investigators said the victim, 27-year-old Christopher L. Harris, was found with multiple gunshot wounds inside his vehicle on Buena Vista Pike. Witnesses told police a group of young men approached Harris and around seven of them opened fire.

Harris was reportedly struck by the gunfire while standing next to his vehicle. Officers told News 2 as many as 100 rounds may have been fired during the incident.

The suspects — one of whom appeared to be shooting a rifle — left the scene in three separate vehicles, officials reported. Since the shooting, authorities have arrested and charged 16-year-old Jaden Wright17-year-old Erion Nesbitt16-year-old Kentrell Baugh and 23-year-old Deandre Jordan.

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However, police said Jordan-Cole, who was identified as a suspect on Aug. 16, 2023, is still on the run. The charges against him include criminal homicide and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

He was added to the list on Dec. 13, 2023. Officials said his last location is unknown.

4. Michael A. Yarlett

Michael A. Yarlett
Michael A. Yarlett (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

Michael Yarlett, 28, is wanted on three counts of aided and abetted rape, according to police.

Court documents indicate he is one of two suspects in the incident, which happened in September 2022. Yarlett was added to the “Most Wanted” list on Nov. 22, 2023. Officials said his last location is unknown.

5. Ladonte J. Groves

Ladonte Groves (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)
Ladonte Groves (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

Ladonte Groves, 23, was added back to the list this week after first being featured among Nashville’s “Most Wanted” on Aug. 16, 2023. Police said Groves has since been indicted by a grand jury on multiple charges related to alleged sex crimes.

The charges against him include two counts of rape, two counts of sexual battery and one count of domestic assault. Authorities said Groves was last seen in the East Nashville area. However, efforts to locate him have been unsuccessful.

6. Cameron J. Glenn

Cameron Glenn (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)
Cameron Glenn (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

While he was added to the list in February, this isn’t the first time Cameron Glenn, 42, has appeared among Nashville’s “Most Wanted” fugitives. Glenn was initially added to the list in November 2022 following several alleged domestic violence incidents involving the same victim.

Glenn was accused of strangling and beating the woman on three separate occasions, causing visible injuries to her face, including redness, abrasions and a missing tooth. In one incident, authorities said Glenn pulled out a gun and threatened to kill her if she didn’t do what he said.

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Glenn was on the run until May 1, 2023, when officers found him at an apartment in the James Cayce neighborhood. After his arrest, Glenn was being held on a $60,000 bond. However, court records show many of the charges Glenn was initially arrested for have since been dismissed.

Now, police are looking for Glenn again following a grand jury indictment. The charges he’s been indicted on include aggravated assault with serious bodily injury, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault by strangulation, child abuse, domestic assault and interference with an emergency call.

Authorities said his last location is unknown.

7. Aury T. Newsom

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Aury Newsom (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

Aury Newsom, 24, was added back to the list on March 13 — more than a year after police began searching for him in connection with multiple outstanding warrants.

He first appeared on the “Most Wanted” list about a month after the program was launched in October 2022. At the time, he was listed as Nashville’s “Top Most Wanted” fugitive. However, he has reportedly continued to evade police.

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Officials said Newsom has now been indicted by a grand jury. The charges against him include eight counts of burglary, two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated child endangerment, reckless endangerment and vandalism.

According to police, Newsom was involved in a shooting in May 2022 that left his girlfriend “seriously injured.” Investigators said he shot the woman twice in the upper leg while she was holding their 3-month-old baby.

The woman ultimately survived her injuries, and the baby was not injured. Authorities said Newsom was last seen in East Nashville.

8. Jennifer Urbina

Jennifer Urbina (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)
Jennifer Urbina (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

Jennifer Urbina, 42, was added to the list last week. Police said Urbina is wanted for three counts of child abuse involving a child 8 years old or younger, as well as one count of aggravated child neglect involving a child 8 years old or younger. She was last seen in Madison.

9. Ricky C. Roach

Ricky Roach (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)
Ricky Roach (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

Ricky Roach, 43, who was the subject of a massive manhunt in Cheatham County in 2022, is wanted by police after being indicted on multiple charges out of Davidson County.

Those charges include aggravated burglary, aggravated burglary acting in concert and theft of property less than $250,000. Court records show those offenses date back to March 4, 2022 — only about two months before he escaped from corrections officers at an Ashland City hospital.

At the time, Roach was reportedly serving jail time in Cheatham County for a parole violation. Cheatham County court records indicate that Roach has previously pled guilty to charges for robbery, assault, theft and contempt of court.

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After hours of searching, the May 26, 2022, manhunt ended when a reserve off duty Ashland City police officer spotted Roach and held him at gunpoint until other officers arrived.

Following his arrest, Cheatham County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Ken Miller told News 2, “I’ve been dealing with Mr. Roach for quite some time, pretty much my whole career here actually.”

Now, Metro Nashville police are looking for Roach in connection with more alleged crimes across county lines. Authorities said his last location is unknown.

10. Joseph Cavaleri

Joseph Cavaleri (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)
Joseph Cavaleri (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

Joseph Cavaleri, 39, is wanted by the MNPD on outstanding warrants for five counts of burglary, three counts of theft of property, criminal impersonation, and four counts of failure to appear. Cavaleri was added to the list on Feb. 7. Authorities said he was last seen in the Central precinct.

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Anyone with information on any of the suspects listed is asked to contact the MNPD at 615-862-8600 or Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463.

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