Suspect says God wanted him to have a car


By DAVID MELSON – [email protected]

A gunman who claimed to be “the black Jesus” led officers in a long chase across two counties after he allegedly scared staff at two Shelbyville car dealerships on Saturday morning.

Michael DeAngelo Smith of Huntsville, Ala., Told staff at Newton GM, North Main Street, that God wanted him to have a black Chevrolet Camaro in the showroom, Shelbyville police were told . Smith said he was able to start the vehicle without keys and would “let you live today”.

While the police were on their way, Smith reportedly crossed the street on his way to Shelbyville Auto Sales, where he was told to leave.

Staff at both locations told officers they saw a pistol in Smith’s pocket. Smith had a loaded .38 caliber pistol when he was finally arrested, police said.

Smith sped north from Shelbyville Auto Sales and, after crossing the county border, refused to stop for the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Murfreesboro Police Department, and Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office, for eventually return to Bedford County where further attempts were made to arrest him.

Murfreesboro agents said Smith said in the concessions that “someone is going to meet Jesus today.”

All the staff at the dealership said Smith appeared to be on drugs. Smith was pursued by Constables Michael Taylor, on a motorcycle, and Constable Ramon Castillo in a patrol car through Shelbyville, reaching speeds of 65 to 70 mph and traffic lights, until the pursuit was canceled due to reaching residential areas. Moore County MPs then arrested and arrested Smith. Smith has been charged in Bedford County with reckless endangerment, evasion of arrest, registration violation and driving with a suspended license. Additional charges were laid in Rutherford and Moore counties.

Alleged theft

A woman has been charged with stealing documents from a bank deposit bag belonging to Wedge Market, Belmont Avenue.

Brandy Ann Raymer, 37, of Belmont Avenue allegedly picked up the bag after it fell under the arm of an employee leaving the store on Friday.

The video would show Raymer leaving with the bag, police said. Raymer reportedly returned the bank bag, but the store manager said a check and over $ 2,500 were missing.

She has been charged with theft over $ 2,500 and is being held on $ 2,500 bond at Bedford County Jail.

‘Sorry – I’m drunk’

“I’m sorry. I’m drunk,” a driver allegedly told an officer who had been chasing him after he rushed out of a North Cannon Boulevard parking lot early Sunday.

Juan David Guevara, 18, of Warners Bridge Road has been charged with the second offense of drinking and driving, reckless driving, evading arrest, driving with a revoked license and several related charges.

He posted a bond of $ 12,500.

Guevara reportedly attempted to escape Constable Dylan Bliss at speeds of up to 50 mph before stopping at the intersection of Morton and Rock streets. He told Bliss that he had been told in the past not to intentionally follow instructions during field sobriety tests as he would be arrested for drunk driving anyway.

Guevara was released on $ 12,500 bail.


A wave of tool theft continues as an estimated $ 1,450 was stolen from a locked trailer on Eaton Drive, police were told on Saturday.

Three suspects, who had been fired by the owner of the tools, were named.

  • A ladder worth $ 500 was stolen from a residence on East Lane Street on Friday.
  • A wallet containing $ 50 was stolen from a truck on Landers Street on Sunday evening. The report did not indicate whether the truck had been locked.

Drug charges

About 2 grams of marijuana, along with drug paraphernalia, were confiscated during a traffic stop on Saturday, police said.

Monica Joremko was arrested for an inoperative brake light. She was charged with simple possession of Schedule VI drugs and paraphernalia and with breaking the Light Vehicle Act and received a citation.

Entering prison

The following people have been charged since Friday by the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, Shelbyville Police Department, Tennessee Highway Patrol or the 17th Judicial District Drug Task Fore. They are only invoiced; guilt or innocence will be determined by the courts.

  • Takoda Austin Baker, 23, Murfreesboro; property theft; released, bail of $ 1,500
  • Stephen Anton Bowen, 40 Ledbetter Road; failure to appear; released, bail of $ 1,500
  • AmiorCottledge, 47, Lewisburg; domestic assault; released, bail of $ 5,000
  • KemychiaAdesewiaCross, 24, Lewisburg; violation of probation; published. $ 3,000 deposit
  • Chase Logan Day, 26, Fairway Green Drive; no driving license; released on engagement
  • Felisha Claudette Elliott, 27 North Cannon Boulevard; domestic assault; inmate, bail of $ 2,500
  • Amanda Catherine Fisher, 44, Beech Grove; violation of probation; inmate, bail of $ 2,500
  • German Lopez Gomez, 38, Bridlewood Drive; driving with suspended license, registration violation; released, no bail
  • Juan David Guevara, 18, Warners Bridge Road; DUI (second offense), driving with revoked license, reckless driving, evasion of arrest, implied consent, financial liability, open container, registration violation, underage consumption; released, bail of $ 12,500
  • Varina Shavon Hinojosa, 40, Warners Bridge Road; domestic assault; released, bail of $ 2,500
  • Kenneth David Hurt, 31 Deery Street; several charges of aggravated assault; released, $ 16,500 bail • Joseph Andrew McCullough, 36, Tullahoma; possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of Schedule IV drugs, possession of Schedule II drugs, smuggling into a penal institution; inmate, $ 13,500 bail
  • Lisa Gay Newgent, 53, Fayetteville; DUI, implied consent, financial liability, misuse of recording, failure to keep lane, speeding, possession of drug paraphernalia, hands-free law; inmate, $ 5,000 bond
  • Fredy Juarez Perez, 30 Edgemont Drive; DUI (second offense), driving on revoked license (second offense), failure to yield to emergency equipment; released, bail of $ 6,000
  • Brandy Ann Raymer, 37 Belmont Avenue; theft over $ 2,500; inmate, $ 5,000 bond
  • Jimmy Joe Sanders Jr., 36, Barksdale Lane; violation of probation; inmate, $ 3,000 bail
  • Clayton David Sanders, 26, Jackson; probation-revocation; detained, $ 3,000 bond Jose Hugo Santiago Robles, 24, South Cannon Boulevard; driving on revoked license (third offense), open container, light duty; released, bail of $ 3,000
  • Alvin Nelson Simpson II, 34, Tullahoma; driving with a revoked license, open container, regardless of the traffic control device; released, bail of $ 2,000

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