A married couple managed to escape from an armed suspect Monday night after being kidnapped at gunpoint from a home located in the Regenwood subdivision in north Murfreesboro.
The incident began just before 9 p.m. in the 900 block of Scepter Drive, according to a Murfreesboro Police Department incident report.
When officers arrived on the scene in reference to a disturbance, they saw blood splatter on a door and several weapons inside the bedroom but could not locate anyone inside the residence.
At 9:05 p.m., officers were called to the 300 block of West Northfield Boulevard in reference to a kidnapping, at which point they made contact with a 34-year-old man.
The man told police an employee hit him with the butt of rifle during an argument at the home. As the man and his wife were running away from the residence, the suspect drove up next to them, pointed a loaded rifled in their face, and forced them to get into the vehicle.
When the suspect turned onto West Northfield Boulevard, the man jumped out of the car and ran for help. The suspect kept driving, however, with the woman still in the vehicle.
As police were searching the area, the woman called her husband saying that she had been dropped off at a nearby grocery store.
Officers then responded just before 9:30 p.m. to the Kroger on Memorial Boulevard to pick up the woman and transport her to Middle Tennessee Medical Center, where her husband was already being treated for injuries sustained in the incident.
Police were unable to locate the suspect immediately after the kidnapping occurred, and detectives have since taken over the investigation.
College student assaulted at party
A Middle Tennessee State University student reported being assaulted by an unidentified man during an argument at a party Friday night at The Pointe at Raiders Campus apartment complex in Murfreesboro.
The man told police that he was playing beer pong with a group of people when the male suspect became angry, grabbed a beer bottle, and struck him across the face and head multiple times, according to a Murfreesboro Police Department incident report.
Although several people quickly intervened, the man suffered a broken nose, bruised ribs and minor lacerations to his scalp during the assault, which occurred just after 9:30 p.m. in the 2300 block of North Tennessee Boulevard.
The suspect is described as a white male who possibly drives white Jaguar sedan.
As of Wednesday, no one had been arrested or charged in connection with the incident, and the matter remains under investigation.
Wanted sex offender apprehended
A 22-year-old convicted sex offender who removed a state-issued GPS monitoring device and eluded capture for nearly two weeks was apprehended Oct. 18 in Franklin County, Tenn.
Jason B. Holt, of Woodbury, and his wife, Sara Holt, were taken into custody after being spotted near the Alabama state line, according to officials with the Manchester Police Department.
The Cannon County native is accused of driving to a rural Manchester gas station Oct. 6 and cutting off the tracking device, which he was required to wear as part of his probation with the Tennessee Board of Parole.
He has since been charged with violation of the sex offender registry and tampering with a GPS tracking device.
Jason Holt, who is classified as a violent sex offender, was convicted in February 2009 of three counts of attempted child rape in Rutherford County.
Authorities have also charged Sara Holt with one count of facilitating the escape of a felon in connection with the incident. She is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing in the case Tuesday, Nov. 13, in Coffee County General Sessions Court.
Jason Holt is being held on a $1 million bond at the Coffee County Adult Detention Center. He is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing on all the charges Monday, Oct. 29, in General Sessions Court.
Copper stolen from construction site
An unknown number of suspects allegedly stole more than $3,500 worth of copper Oct. 18 from a home that is under construction in The Reserve subdivision, located off Compton Road in Murfreesboro.
The incident occurred some time after 3 p.m. in the 700 block of Stone Mill Circle, according to a Murfreesboro Police Department incident report.
The owner of Laurel Brook Homes discovered the theft Friday morning and told police the copper had just been installed for an upcoming inspection.
Based on the evidence collected at the scene, detectives believe that the suspects cut the copper from both ends before pulling it out in long pieces.
Anyone with information about this incident should call Crime Stoppers at 615-893-7867.