Crye-Leike’s Toy Fuson Receives Commendation from Brentwood Police

Crye-Leike’s Toy Fuson Receives Commendation from Brentwood Police
Brentwood's Chief of Police Ricky Watson, left, presented Crye-Leike sales associate and broker Toy Fuson a commendation award from the Brentwood Police Department in appreciation of support rendered during the armed robbery at the Bank of America and the subsequent officer involved shooting on May 6, 2002.

Nashville, Tenn. – Broker Toy Fuson of Crye-Leike, Realtors received a commendation award from the Brentwood Police Department in appreciation of support rendered during the armed robbery at the Bank of America and the subsequent officer involved shooting on May 6, 2002. Brentwood’s Chief of Police Ricky Watson recently made the presentation to Fuson.

Fuson, an ex-FBI agent, was in the bank lobby of the Bank of America that May day endorsing his check when he realized that the bank was being robbed by a gunman named Gary Thomas Brown, 40, of California. Fuson’s background in law enforcement kept him from panicking.

“My hearing is not that great, but I noticed that everyone was hitting the floor,” said Fuson. “I looked to my right and saw a gunman passing right by me raising his automatic weapon. I further looked to see if anyone was behind me and there were two ladies on the floor with ?big eyes’ and I figured that they thought I was part of all this. Being the ex-FBI agent that I was, I positioned myself between the bank robber, the bank’s cameras and the bank teller and eased myself out the door to call 911 immediately on my cell phone.”

“It was because of Fuson’s quick response that gave the police a jump-start on the confrontation and apprehension of the subject,” said Chief Watson.

The bank robbery was one the Brentwood community still talks about for it escalated into the streets of downtown Brentwood and ended as a chase and gun fight in the highly trafficked business intersection of Old Hickory and Franklin Road.

With the assistance of other local law enforcement officers, Brentwood Police Sgt. Thomas P. Walsh and Officer Stephanie Bellis-Warner were on the scene and injured in the line of duty, yet still succeeded in shooting the armed robber which lead to his final death.

After witnessing this bank robbery, Fuson cannot help but recall and credit his quick thinking to his service as a retired special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation where he served over a period of 16 years in New York City’s organized crime unit, specializing in truck hijacking, arrest and seizure of stolen property. His most current position upon retirement with the FBI was as supervisor agent in charge of the FBI’s Nashville Bureau.

Fuson, a resident of Brentwood, is a broker affiliated with Crye-Leike, Realtors’ Brentwood West branch office.  He is a multi-million dollar producer with over 20 years of real estate experience and holds numerous professional designations, specializing in residential sales & brokerage, brokerage management and luxury property sales. Fuson holds the distinction as a life member of Crye-Leike’s Multi-Million Dollar Club which recognizes his outstanding sales performance in annually selling in excess of $1 million. He also is a member of Crye-Leike’s Circle of Excellence, one of the highest levels of professional and personal achievement in the real estate industry, where he was awarded the honorary title, vice president of Crye-Leike.

Even though eight months have gone by, you still will find Fuson going to his neighborhood Bank of America and even picking up loose debris with his fellow associates along the same road that was once the armed robber’s escape route. Fuson helps each spring, summer and fall in organizing and participating in Crye-Leike’s sponsorship of the Adopt-A-Highway corridor in downtown Brentwood, along Franklin Road.

“In retrospect, after looking back at the bank robbery incident, I still would not have done anything different, but realize how lucky we all were to be able to tell our side of the story of a bank robbery gone bad,” said Fuson. “Although, my kids have told me to not do it again.”

Crye-Leike (www.crye-leike.com), a full service real estate company for 26 years, is the nation’s 13th largest real estate company and the largest serving Tennessee and the Mid-South. It has a network of over 2,300 sales associates and 63 corporate and franchise offices located in 34 counties throughout a six-state southern region in Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Georgia, Kentucky and Florida.