NASHVILLE (WSMV) - A longtime Nashville criminal justice advocate, who was arrested last month for breaking into the Downtown Detention Center, was arrested again last night.

The Davidson County Sheriff's Office says 50-year-old Alex Friedmann was charged with a Class A Felony vandalism charge and is being held on a $2.5 million bond. 

Sheriff Daron Hall in his press conference Wednesday alleged that Friedmann had a serious "deliberate and evil plan" during his surreptitious entry into the new Davidson County Corrections facility downtown. 

The Sheriff alleged that Friedmann's plan included planting tools, weapons, security equipment throughout the facility, part of a massive escape plan.

The Sheriff says part of this plan was intent on loss of life.

Friedmann allegedly planted loaded guns, with additional ammunition inside the prison.

Staffers inside the jail are unarmed, so had these weapons gotten into prisoner hands, the potential loss of life was great.


Security of jail now at stake after inmate advocate arrested

Metro PD tweeted that three additional suspects are sought. They are asking anyone who might be able to identify Friedmann's possible accomplices is asked to call MNPD at 615-742-7463.

Friedmann was free on bond after he was accused of entering the DDC on at least four different occasions under false pretenses since December 26th, 2019. 

They say Friedmann was seen on surveillance video on December 30th, 2019, dressed like a construction worker in a yellow vest and dust mask.

Friedmann's lawyer Benjamin Raybin issued the following statement to News4 Chief Investigator Jeremy Finley:

"I have been representing Alex Friedmann since his arrest for attempted burglary in January. It is important to clarify that the new vandalism charge stems from alleged conduct arising last year, and not any recent actions occurring after his previous arrest. Mr. Friedmann surrendered himself immediately after being advised of the new charge last night. The keys were returned to the Sheriff’s Office several weeks ago through counsel. I am currently unable to comment on any of the factual allegations. Mr. Friedmann is presumed innocent and will respond through the appropriate legal processes." is now with you on the go! Get the latest news updates and video, 4WARN weather forecast, weather radar, special investigative reports, sports headlines and much more from News4 Nashville.

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