Franklin man sought by police

Published 11:03 am Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Franklin police are searching for a suspect in connection with a robbery on Sunday night, according to police spokesman Capt. Tim Whitt. John McKinley Newby is sought for his involvement in a robbery at the 100 block of South Main Street.



After arriving, police learned that the victim is a 54-year-old Franklin woman, who was riding in the car with Newby and another man that she knows. The victim made a comment to Newby and he then allegedly began to beat her, pull her out of her car and punch her in the head several times. The victim then tried to get back in the car and Newby then shut the door on her hand and continued to punch her. The driver of the car opened the door to allow the victim, back in and Newby then retrieved a tomahawk from the vehicle. He then advanced on the victim threatening to kill her. Newby took the victim’s purse and fled the scene.

Police have obtained warrants for Newby for robbery and assault and battery.

If anyone knows the location of Newby, they are asked to contact Franklin Police Department at 562-8575, or Franklin Crime Solvers at 562-8599. Newby is described as a 30-year-old black male, 6-foot-3-inches tall, 217 pounds and lives at 24616 Delaware Road.