Suspect flees police, jumps into Cumberland River

Wednesday, September 30, 2009 at 11:00am
Staff reports

UPDATE: A man wanted in Springfield and Nashville apparently did not want to go to jail – he jumped into the Cumberland River to evade authorities.

Warren D. Shannon (originally identified as Warren Hayes) has now been booked into the Metro Jail following Wednesday morning’s brief escape from police and his trek to the river.

Shannon, 24, was taken into custody just before 6 a.m. at 1024 10th Avenue North. The Robertson County Sheriff’s Office had sent word that Shannon was wanted there on a number of charges, including aggravated burglary, auto theft, felony escape, vandalism and unlawful gun possession, and was likely at the 10th Avenue North home.

According to police reports, as Shannon was getting out of the police car at the Justice Center downtown, he managed to maneuver his cuffed hands from his back to front and fled through a security gate just before it closed. Shannon ran along 3rd Avenue North before turning east and heading toward the riverbank. A perimeter was quickly established and a water rescue boat responded to the scene. Shannon was spotted trying swim close to the riverbank.

After a few minutes, he returned to land and was apprehended by Central Precinct officers. Shannon had managed to remove and discard the handcuffs. He was taken to General Hospital due to his water exposure and was discharged late this morning.

Shannon is charged in Nashville with escape, theft of the handcuffs, and failure to appear in court on a prior theft charge. He is being held in lieu of $112,500 bail on the Nashville warrants.


2 Comments on this post:

By: pandabear on 9/30/09 at 12:58

very clever...he knows that policemen can't....wellll,........ what were his reasons for jumping in again ?!?

By: Time for Truth on 10/1/09 at 7:47

"Theft of handcuffs"? Adds to quite a laundry list of offenses.

The Cumberland River or jail? Tough choice.

Is today "Stupid Criminal News Day" at NCP? (see 'butt-grabber' story elsewhere).