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Repeat sex offender charged with raping 13-year-old boy

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

A Shelbyville man has been charged with raping a 13-year-boy after allegedly offering him marijuana, Shelbyville police said Monday.

Joseph Darryl Taylor, 53, Madison Street, "enticed" the youth to his home with the drug, Detective Sgt. Brian Crews said.

After smoking the pot Taylor attacked, choked and raped the boy, Crews said. The boy still had marks on his neck when the incident was reported, police said.

Taylor is a registered sex offender and was wearing an electronic monitoring device at the time of the alleged incident, Crews said. He has an extensive record dating to the 1970s, according to officers.

Tennessee Sex Offender Registry records show Taylor was convicted of statutory rape and sexual battery in 1990, with a note that he had an earlier conviction, and in 1999 of criminal attempt to commit rape, criminal attempt to commit sexual battery and aggravated kidnapping. He was also convicted of criminal trespassing in 2003 and vandalism over $1,000 in 2004, the records show.

Taylor is being held on $150,000 bond at Bedford County Jail.

Wild fight

A melee at the dead end of Evans Street off Madison Street late Saturday night ended with two brothers in custody, one who had been tasered, police said.

Officers were notified of a disturbance and large gathering of people on Evans.

Two men ran as officers arrived despite Lt. Jason Williams' orders to stop.

Williams said Michael Edward Merlo, 24, shoved his right hand into the waistband area of his pants, refused orders to show his hands and ran toward the front door of a residence.

"At this time, given the fact that I felt he had a weapon and was in fear of my safety, I deployed a taser," Williams said in his report.

Merlo fell into the doorway with taser probes in his back. His brother, Donald Lewis Merlo Jr., 37, appeared in the doorway, attempted to remove the probes, pulled him inside and shut the door, Sgt, James Wilkerson said.

Wilkerson radioed for backup units and, with Williams, forced the door despite resistance from the Merlos. "Upon making entry, Donald Merlo jumped out from behind the door in an aggressive manner toward Sgt. Wilkerson" and wrestled with him while Michael fled toward the rear of the house, Williams said.

"I then redirected Donald Merlo's thought process by striking about the right side of his head and neck until compliance was achieved," Wilkerson said. "I felt his body go limp and he fell to the floor at which time I handcuffed him."

During the struggle, reserve deputy Nick Brown of the Bedford County Sheriff's Department discovered Michael under a bed. Williams and Wilkerson said they had to lift the bed and grab Michael, who still had the taser probes in his back, after he said he wasn't coming out. Wilkerson said he found a loaded handgun and empty shell casings in a dresser near the bed.

Donald told officers he had been in a fight before officers arrived. Wilkerson said facial lacerations and swelling were visible.

Michael was charged with public intoxication, disorderly conduct, resisting stop/frisk/halt/search, possession of a weapon and, according to a report filed by Wilkerson, assault on an officer. He posted $10,500 bond at Bedford County Jail. Donald posted $5,000 bond on charges of resisting stop/frisk/halt/search and assault.

Drug charge

Marijuana was found in the vehicle of a man stopped for a traffic violation Saturday, police said.

A pack of rolling papers was found in the clothing of Rigoberto Torres Nunez, 45, Shoma Drive, as he was being searched prior to arrest for driving on a revoked license, officer David Curley said. Nunez had been stopped for running a stop sign at the intersection of Cherokee Trail and Shoma Drive.

Nunez told Curley nothing illegal was in his vehicle, but the officer discovered a marijuana cigarette and small bag of marijuana in a bucket.

Charges of simple possession and possession of drug paraphernalia were added and Nunez posted $4,000 bond.


* A Wii console and five games, two Xbox 360s and four games, a Dell laptop computer, two iPods and a cell phone were stolen Saturday or earlier from an apartment at Davis Estates, Anthony Lane, police were told.

A door was forced to gain entry, the occupant said.

* An Avon seller told police two bottle of men's cologne were stolen from a display case on the front porch of her Morton Street home Sunday night.

The victim said several bicycles were taken from her home Saturday.

* The compact disc player was stolen from a truck at Farrar's Trailer Park, Barksdale Lane, while the owner was in jail between Sept. 10 and Friday.

* An EBT card was taken from the dashboard of an SUV at an Eastland Avenue home before Sept. 3, police were told Saturday.

Jail intake

The following were arrested since Friday by the Shelbyville Police Department, Bedford County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee Highway Patrol or 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force. They are only charged; guilt or innocence will be determined by the courts.

* Omar Abel Niral Arzuaga, 27, Maplewood Drive; public intoxication; released, $500 bond

* Tammie Rae Cunningham, 39, East Parkway; driving on suspended license; released, $500 bond

* William Thomas Davis, 23, Highway 64 West; vandalism, violation of order of protection; released, $6,000 bond

* Gerald William Dixon, 52, Fairground Heights; DUI, driving on revoked/suspended license, filing false report, disorderly conduct, failure to maintain lane; released, $4,000 bond

* Michael Joesph Dodson, 20, Old Nashville Dirt Road; domestic assault; released, $2,500 bond

* Jamie Lynn Hakowski, 32, Hendon Memorial Road; possession of schedule IV drug; released, $2,500 bond

* Chad Dewayne Hall, 33, Meadowlark Drive; domestic assault; released, $2,500 bond

* Lisa Ann Hall, 46, Meadowlark Drive; domestic assault; released, $2,500 bond

* Carlos Ginez Hernandez, 24, Nashville; no driver's license, speeding; released, $500 bond

* Fidel Ortiz Hernandez, 30, Shelbyville; domestic assault; released, $2,500 bond

* Jared Cornelius Hill, 28, Moreland Avenue; driving on suspended license; released, $1,000 bond

* Penny Lanelle Holton, 46, Coopertown Road; public intoxication; released, $500 bond

* Arthur Frederick Huddleston, 24, Barksdale Lane; failure to appear; held, $2,500 bond

* Cecilio Zuniga Leua, 27, U.S. 231 North; assault; released, $1,000 bond

* Diana Rae Medley, 39, Blue Ribbon Parkway; violation of probation; released, $2,500 bond

* Michael Edward Merlo, 24, Union Street; public intoxication, disorderly conduct, resist stop/frisk/halt/search, possession of a weapon; released, $10,500 bond

* Donald Lewis Merlo Jr., 37, Union Street; resist stop/frisk/halt/search, assault; released, $5,000 bond

* Jonathan Ray Miller, 25, Substation Road; violation of probation; released, $2,500 bond

* Rigoberto Torres Nunez, 45, Shoma Drive; driving on revoked license, simple possession, possession of drug paraphernalia; released, $4,000 bond

* Eddie Lesalle Readus, 42, Nashville; simple possession, possession of schedule II drugs (two counts); held, $21,500 bond

* Edward Keith Stoll, 45, Charlie Shaw Road; domestic assault; released, $2,500 bond

* Joseph Darryl Taylor, 53, Madison Street; rape; held, $150,000 bond

* James Gregory Thomason, 53, Bethlehem Church Road; domestic assault; released, $2,500 bond

* Trina Underwood, 41, Lewisburg; DUI, driving on revoked/suspended license; released, $3,000 bond

* Corina Lynn Vanderlaan, 44, Germantown Road; domestic assault; held, $2,500 bond

* Neftali Moreno Vidal, 43, Pineview Street; driving on revoked/suspensed license; released, $1,000 bond