Would-be robber injured when thrown from truck

Nov 08, 2017 at 11:46 am by Michelle Willard


A Murfreesboro couple has been charged with conspiring to use Snapchat to rob two men on Nov. 2, according to an arrest report from the Murfreesboro Police Department.

Miranda D. Cohen and Joniah A. Kano are facing charges following a failed attempt to carjacking and rob two men earlier this month.

According to the report, Cohen, 20, contacted their alleged victim through Snapchat to come to a residence on Cayuga Drive in Murfreesboro “so she could have sex with (him),” arresting officer MPD Detective S. Harris said.

The intended victim got a ride from a friend to the rendezvous.

“Upon their arrival, (the victim) went to the residence and walked around back. While doing this, two black male subjects walked up to (the driver's pick-up truck) and pulled guns on him,” Harris said.

One of the subjects got into the passenger seat, demanded money and ordered him to drive at gunpoint as the other subject took climbed into the back of the truck.

The subject in the bed of the truck was later identified as Kano, who was armed with a BB gun that looked like a handgun.

The driver went a short distance before stopping and the subject in the car jumped out.

“(The driver) then took off at a high rate of speed in an attempt to escape the suspects while Mr. Kano was still in the back of the truck,” Harris said.

Kano, 21, was thrown from the truck. The other unidentified subject fired several shots from an actual handgun at the fleeing driver and then chased him down.

“When he caught him, he pistol whipped (the driver) and took his keys, cell phone, necklace, two pendants and a spark plug … then fled the scene,” Harris said.

Kano ran to a home on Gold Valley Drive where he rang the doorbell and asked for help. Harris said he “was bleeding profusely from his head and had what appeared to be road rash all over his body.”

The driver fled to a convenience store at the intersection of East Northfield Boulevard and Lascassas Pike, where he received assistance.

Under questioning, Cohen admitted to detectives she had worked with Kano, who is her boyfriend, using Snapchat to set up the date, Harris said. The couple and an unidentified co-conspirator planned to rob the victim when he arrived. They instead robbed his friend.

“Mr. Kano was somewhat cooperative and admitted to going to (the driver's) truck with another individual in an attempt to assault (the driver),” Harris said. “He admitted to having a BB gun and that the other individual was going to rob (the driver) after Kano assaulted him.”

Cohen was charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery. She was taken into custody and booked into the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center where she bonded out. She is set to appear in General Sessions Court on Jan. 25.

Kano was charged with two counts of aggravated robbery, two counts of misdemeanor theft, kidnapping and carjacking. He was taken to the county jail, where he remains, after being released from Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital.