Police seek two men accused of breaking into a Lebanon home and robbing a family at gunpoint.
The robbery happened June 11 at about 11 p.m. at 411 East Market St.
One of the victims told police that when he returned home, three black men approached him from behind and forced their way inside the home.
According to police, one of the suspects, a juvenile, brandished a shotgun.
The suspects forced two children and their mother into a bedroom and took the father’s wallet and keys, according to police.
The three suspects left in a silver car with a white man driving.
Police identified all suspects, and charged the juvenile and Hunter A. Barber, 20, of Goodlettsville, Terrace Shaw, 22, of Lebanon, and Aderius L. Bingham, 21, of Lebanon, with aggravated robbery.
Police arrested the juvenile, Shaw and Barber in connection with the crime, but Bingham is still wanted on an outstanding warrant, and Shaw has gone missing, according to Chief Scott Bowen.
“Shaw was charged immediately after the crime, but unfortunately was given a $2,000 bond,” said Bowen.
Shaw was on parole for involvement in another home invasion robbery that happened in April 2011, so authorities quickly issued a warrant for parole violation.
But police believe he’s left town.
“He could be anywhere in the midstate area,” said Bowen, who said he didn’t understand why Shaw’s bond was set so low.
“We’ve got someone who [is suspected of being] part of a violent home invasion robbery, who has already pleaded guilty in another violent home invasion robbery, and he gets a $2,000 bond,” said Bowen. “These are some of the most violent crimes that you can have in your community.”
Bowen said someone Friday was accused of harassment and that person’s bond was set at $1,500.
Generally, bail bondsmen charge 10 percent of the total bond plus a fee, so Shaw likely paid between $200-$300.
According to Bowen, county judicial commissioners set bond amounts when an arrest warrant is issued, but when an indictment is obtained, the criminal court judge sets the bond amount.
Gary Keith chairs the Wilson County Commission’s judicial committee, which interviews and makes recommendations to the county commission on the hiring and firing of the county judicial commissioners.
“As far as telling them how to do their job, we actually don’t do that at all,” said Keith.
Keith said he doesn’t know why Shaw’s bond was set as it was.
“To me, $2,000 does appear to be awfully low with that kind of background,” said Keith. “My understanding was there was going to be an attempt to violate him on that probation if they could’ve held him long enough, but on $2,000 bond, he made it quickly and was gone.”
As of press time Friday, it was still not clear which judicial commissioner set Shaw’s bond amount, and calls to Randy Hankins, supervisor in the judicial commissioners’ office, were not returned.
“I think if he goes out and does something terrible, there are going to be a lot of people asking questions – ‘How’d this happen?’ ‘Why was this so low?’ ‘What did you base this low bond on?’ – They’re going to have to do some explaining,” said Keith. “Hopefully we’ll pick this guy up and get him back in jail as quickly as possible.”