Investigators arrest members of ‘really sophisticated’ crime syndicate that targeted Nashville’s Hispanic population for years


A six-person robbery crew linked to 150 holdups of primarily Latino families throughout Nashville between 2017 and 2019 has been indicted by the Davidson County Grand Jury on 126 criminal counts.

The indictments stem from 29 violent robberies in which victims were frequently subjected to beatings, even while cooperating. The armed suspects would often make entry into apartment homes through unlocked sliding glass doors.  These 29 cases were selected for prosecution in conjunction with the District Attorney’s Office due to the strength of evidence and committed assistance from victims.

It is estimated that this crew is responsible for robbing the victims of $150,000 in cash and personal belongings, such as cell phones.

Those indicted are:

•    Montez Brown, 27, with ties to Clarksville & Nashville, the suspected leader of the group, who has been in custody since December 2019 on related aggravated robbery and weapon charges.  Brown is facing a total of 62 counts of aggravated robbery, 7 counts of aggravated burglary, 37 weapon counts, and 3 counts of aggravated assault.

•    Anthony Campbell III, 27, with ties to Clarksville & Nashville, who has been in custody since August 2019 on related aggravated robbery charges.  He faces a total of 4 counts of aggravated robbery, 1 count of aggravated burglary, and 1 weapon count.

•    Tevin Kelly, 27, of Nashville, who was taken into custody on the indictment Thursday and who possessed a loaded semi-automatic pistol at the time of his apprehension.  Kelly has been indicted on 1 count of aggravated robbery, with additional charges against him anticipated.

•    Nathan Rosenthal Jr., 30, of Nashville, who was taken into custody Thursday.  Rosenthal has been indicted on 4 counts of aggravated robbery, 1 count of aggravated burglary, and 2 weapon counts.

•    Quanisha Moore, 26, of Clarksville, who remains at large.  She has been indicted on 10 counts of aggravated robbery.

•    Demarrious Malone, 29, of Memphis, who also remains at large.  He has been indicted on 3 counts of aggravated robbery.

The investigation shows that at least some of the defendants used proceeds from the robberies to enhance their lifestyles with travel to the Dominican Republic, Miami, and Texas, and with purchases of jewelry, shoes and guns.

“They actually did a home invasion 500 feet from a marked police car. In our interviews we know they did counter surveillance and they know how the police respond to calls and it was really sophisticated,” Det. Sgt. Will Amundson told WKRN, “There’s prior military experience by some, and they would drive from Clarksville down to Nashville and perpetrate robberies in rental vehicles.”

“You have 150 cases, and the first question with 150 cases is how do you know that they did 150 robberies? Well, we used our partnership with the FBI and they did digital forensic analysis and they were able to connect those cases back,” said Amundson.

“They were able to allegedly rob citizens in Nashville for three years that we know about and never got caught,” said Amundson.

“We have huge satisfaction for the victims,” added Amundson, “We have a vulnerable community targeted and we had a group that would go into houses and take their entire life savings hard earned money and then they’d go and party on that money.”

The Midtown Hills Precinct’s investigative team led this investigation over the past 4 years, with assistance from the MNPD’s Specialized Investigations Division, the department’s El Protector Program, and the FBI.

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