At least two homes and a restaurant in Hendersonville were raided by federal authorities on Wednesday beginning as early as 6 a.m.
Authorities were at a home in the Stonecrest subdivision for more than five hours while another home that appears to be owned by the same person was raided in the Wyncrest subdivision.
Later in the day, federal agents were seen at Bonfire Mongolian Grill on Indian Lake Boulevard.
“I can confirm Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) presence, but for any comment as to the reason for the agency’s presence, we are deferring to the U.S. Attorney at this time,” said Bryan D. Cox, Southern Region Public Affairs Director for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement department.
“The increased presence of local, state, and federal law enforcement at several locations in the Middle Tennessee area today represent actions related to employees of businesses who may have witnessed criminal activity,” said U. S. Attorney’s Office Public Information Officer David Boling. “The purpose of these actions is not to file criminal charges or initiate removal proceedings against these individuals. We are unable to comment further at this time.”
According to another social media post, a home in the 1100 block of Peninsula Drive in Gallatin was also raided.
Sumner County tax records show that a home in the 1100 block of Peninsula Drive, as well as a home on Huntington Drive in Wyncrest and the home raided earlier today in Stonecrest are all owned by Zhong Zhi Zhuo. Zhuo is also listed as the owner of Bonfire Grill, according to the city's finance department.