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Thief points gun at young child, mom during robbery while she was unloading car

Kothe Way-Google Earth Landsat

A Nashville mother unloading her car and her two young children had a gun pointed at her and her youngest child according to police.

Per the arrest affidavit for 37-year-old Dusan Simic, the woman had just arrived to 729 Kothe Way on Tuesday with her two young sons and was gathering her belongings from the car when approached by Simic and another person.

Police said they also arrested Simic's accomplice, 38-year-old Brankica Jankovic.

Simic approached the woman and demanded her purse. When she refused, he allegedly produced a black semi-automatic handgun. The woman says he pointed the gun at her and then at her youngest child before demanding her purse again.

She handed him her purse and said Simic then demanded her car keys, which she also handed to him.

On Wednesday, an officer spotted Simic driving a stolen vehicle which also had a stolen tag. The officer attempted to pull Simic over near Cummings Park Drive when Simic fled from police.

Jankovic fled from the scene and was caught near Antioch Pike and Ezell.

Police say Simic ignored traffic laws and "showed extreme disregard for the safety of others" during the chase.

He finally stopped the car and fled on foot near Antioch Pike but was apprehended despite resisting arrest. Once in custody, police say Simic was under the influence and randomly fell asleep.

In his underwear, police found a red bag containing needles, spoons, and the anti-overdose drug naloxone. Police say Simic admitted to taking a gram of heroin at home before driving.

Officers found electronics and five chainsaws in the car upon arrest.

Simic was arrested and booked for aggravated robbery, aggravated assault, vehicle theft, possession without a prescription, resisting arrest, DUI, and several other charges.

Jankovic was charged with theft of a vehicle and a probation violation.

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