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For Immediate Release

March 14, 2018 Robin Romaniuk, Deputy U.S. Marshal
Middle District of Tennessee (615) 736-5417;
U.S. Marshals Office of Public Affairs (703) 740-1699
AMBER Alert Suspect Apprehended After Vehicle Persuit
Nashville, TN - On March 13, 2018, the United States Marshals Fugitive Task Force arrested Keith Tansil in Smyrna.

Tansil was wanted by the Nashville Metro Police Department following a weekend AMBER Alert out of Goodlettsville. Tansil is accused of taking three children at gunpoint early Sunday morning. The children were recovered shortly after the AMBER Alert was issued, while Tansil remained at large. As a result of the incident, the Goodlettsville Police Department charged Tansil with the following three counts: Interfering with an Emergency Call, Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, and Especially Aggravated Kidnapping.

On Monday, March 12, Lebanon Police Department encountered Tansil after receiving a suspicious vehicle call. Tansil rammed at least one police vehicle while fleeing. This initiated a high speed car pursuit. The pursuit was terminated due to high speeds in excess of 100 mph, and Tansil was not apprehended at the time. The Lebanon Police Department filed the following charges after the Monday morning pursuit: Driving on a Revoked License, Felony Evading in a Motor Vehicle, and 9 counts of Reckless Endangerment.

On Tuesday, March 13, the U.S. Marshals Service received information that Tansil was in the Antioch area. The U.S. Marshals Service contacted the Metro-Nashville Police Departmentís Aviation Unit for assistance. Members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force identified Tansil driving a vehicle. An attempt was made by the U.S. Marshalís Fugitive Task Force to stop Tansilís vehicle, at which time he sped from officers at a high rate of speed. As Tansil entered La Vergne, the La Vergne Police Department assumed primary lead of the vehicle pursuit. The Smyrna Police Department also became involved when Tansil entered Smyrna. Tansilís vehicle was pinned to a guard rail at the intersection of South Lowry Road and Overhead Bridge Road in Smyrna. Tansil was taken into custody without further incident and transported to the Davidson County Jail. A handgun was recovered from inside the vehicle Tansil was driving.

No one was injured as a result of the pursuit. Also, at this time, there has been no reported civilian property damage resulting from the pursuit.

The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force is comprised of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies working together to locate and apprehend violent fugitives in middle Tennessee. Last year, the Task Force located and arrested over 500 fugitive felons.

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