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Stabbing leads to discovery of possible illegal boarding house

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The stabbing happened Monday night at a house at 30th Avenue North and Albion Street. The stabbing happened Monday night at a house at 30th Avenue North and Albion Street.
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A man is in custody after he was accused of trying to kill another resident in the group home where he lived.

The incident happened Monday night at a house at 30th Avenue North and Albion Street. According to the Metro Codes Department, the house is apparently operating as an illegal boarding home.

When police responded to the call, they found the victim, Michael Vance, with a slashed arm and a stab wound in his stomach.

Vance said the man in bedroom No. 1, Robbie Forrest, stabbed him with a kitchen knife. The bloody knife was found in one of the bedrooms.

A witness who asked not to be identified said Vance was acting crazy and seemed to have mental health issues.

Forrest has been charged with attempted murder.

Metro Codes officials said the home was not licensed as a halfway house. They said if it was a boarding house, it didn’t belong in a residential neighborhood.

“This particular property is zoned residential, single-family, so a boarding house would not be allowed on that parcel,” said Bill Penn with Metro Codes.

A boarding house is defined by each tenant having his own locked space. If the owner had applied for a permit to turn the single-family house into a boarding house, it would have been denied as the neighborhood is not zoned for it.

Penn said illegal conversions can have lots of problems.

“It could be dangerous,” he said.

Penn said there could be life-safety issues. Work would have been done without a permit and may not meet standards.

“They are doing it illegally. They are not going to hire a reputable contractor. They are going to hire someone who will just do what they ask and not ask any questions,” Penn said.

Channel 4 tried to reach out to the owners, LaQuita Summey and Clarence Summey, but did not hear back by deadline. They own more than two dozen houses in Nashville, mostly in low-income neighborhoods.

The property on 30th Avenue North is about 900 square feet and is divided into four bedrooms. One resident said each resident pays about $450 a month in rent.

According to property records, LaQuita Summey paid $22,000 for the house when she bought it two years ago.

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