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Man with gang ties charged with reckless endangerment

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A man claiming to be a member of the Aryan Brotherhood gang was arrested Tuesday on charges including reckless endangerment, possession of a handgun while under the influence among others.

He was booked into the Wilson County Jail with a bond of $5,000.

According to a report from the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department, Deputy Jason Henson responded to a call in the Hermitage Court area of West Wilson County about a suspicious person who was being held at gunpoint.

Upon arrival, Henson said he found eight individuals standing around another individual identified as George William Garlits Jr., 31, of Old Hickory, who said he is affiliated with the Aryan Brotherhood.

Henson said he ordered all of the individuals to step away from Garlits and put their hands where could see them.

At that time, he said, he heard gunfire and the individuals who had been standing around Garlits said he allegedly just threw a gun into the bushes. Henson then arrested Garlits and waited for other units to arrive and check on the welfare of all involved who said they were OK except Garlits who said he was sore where he had reportedly been held at gunpoint and kicked while he was down.

Henson asked Garlits if he needed medical treatment, but Garlits said he did not. Upon the arrival of Lt. John Freeman, Cpl. Steve Gatlin and Deputy Robert Locke, the individuals were interviewed and the crime scene was processed.

Henson said that upon talking with the homeowner, that where the incident took place, a neighbor heard snoring coming from the bushes and had come and gotten him. The homeowner said he looked into the bushes and reportedly saw a subject laying there with a mask and gloves on and so he stepped back and fired a round from his small caliber handgun into the ground, but the subject did not wake up.

The homeowner said he then took a wrench and hit the subject on the shoe until he woke up and he then held him at gunpoint until officers arrived.

Henson conducted a search of the scene which yielded a prescription bottle labeled Xanax to George Garlits Jr. but, instead, reportedly contained a green leafy substance and Hydrocodone pills, a .45 caliber handgun with one spent round still lodged in the chamber, a cammo mask and gloves.

When they arrived at the booking area at the jail, Henson asked the nurse on staff to check Garlits’s condition because he seemed incoherent. The nurse advised Henson to transport Garlits to University Medical Center’s emergency room to have him examined.

Upon arrival at the E.R., a nurse told Garlits she needed a urine specimen from him. Garlits, however, told the nurse he was bleeding from a hole in his private area. During an examination, it was discovered that Garlits had a grazing wound to a private part and there was gunshot residue there, as well, along with fragments in his left leg. Garlits received stitches to his wound and was released from UMC.

Wilson County Sheriff Terry Ashe said Garlits has a lengthy criminal history and praised Henson for his training and sound judgment in investigating the matter.

Ashe added that the reason Garlits gave for being in the area was that he was looking to find a subject who had stolen a pair of rims from his friend and that the gun belonged to a friend he was planning to purchase it from.

In addition to reckless endangerment and possession of a handgun while under the influence, Garlits has also been charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, public intoxication, criminal trespass, possession of Schedule III and Schedule VI drugs. He is to appear in court on July 27.

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