Convicted robbers arrested after brief standoff

Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at 4:34pm
Staff reports
Albert Franklin Jr. and Anthony Griffin

Metro police say two convicted robbers with lengthy criminal histories are facing new charges after a holdup and brief standoff Tuesday night inside Mustang Sally’s Bar at 1800 Dickerson Pike.

The holdup stemmed from an alleged drug deal that went wrong, police said.

Police say the victim identified Albert Franklin Jr., 47, as the man who allegedly robbed him at gunpoint at 7:45 p.m. Anthony Griffin, 44, had arranged the meeting between the victim, who supplied the drugs, and Franklin, police said, noting Griffin was present during the holdup. The victim fled the bar.

When law enforcement showed up, the suspects wouldn’t come out of the north Nashville bar.

After a brief standoff, Franklin, Griffin and three women walked out, police said. The women were interviewed and released.

Franklin is charged with aggravated robbery, police said. He was convicted of armed robbery in Shelby County in 1984. He has three convictions for being a felon in possession of a weapon. In Davidson County, he has previous felony convictions for evading arrest and cocaine possession. Franklin is currently free on $20,000 bond.

Griffin is charged with robbery. He was convicted of armed robbery in Sumner County in 1986. Griffin’s lengthy arrest history in Davidson County reflects theft, evading arrest, vehicle theft and promoting prostitution convictions, according to police. Griffin is being held in lieu of $20,000 bond.