Police are asking the public for help in identifying the suspect believed to be responsible for the Feb. 19 brutal attack of a 19-year old man during a Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity party in Murfreesboro.
Detectives with the Murfreesboro Police Department are seeking help in identifying this suspect wanted in connection with a Feb. 19, 2012, aggravated assault. (Photo submitted)
The man told police he was asked to leave the party, which was not held on the Middle Tennessee State University campus, but when he began to walk toward the exit, multiple fraternity members jumped him, according to an incident report filed with the Murfreesboro Police Department a few days after the attacked occurred.
The Martin Methodist College student fled the scene with a family member and sought medical treatment at Lincoln County Hospital for injuries sustained during the fight. Doctors then transferred the man to Vanderbilt Hospital for surgery to fix two broken bones in his jaw.
On Wednesday, detectives said they believe the suspect may be a member of the fraternity but have not yet determined his identity, and they are hoping someone will come forward with information to help solve the case.
The suspect is described as a 20-year-old white male who is 6 feet tall and weighs 240 pounds.
Anyone with information about this incident should call CrimeStoppers 615-893-7867.
Father fires shot at son
A Murfreesboro man who allegedly shot at his son during a basketball game is facing multiple charges in connection with the incident, which occurred Wednesday in the 2300 block of Adams Circle.
Randy M. Jernigan, 55, has been charged with aggravated domestic assault and reckless endangerment, according to a Murfreesboro Police Department arrest report.
The boy told police he was playing basketball at the mobile home park with a black man when his father pointed a gun out of their camper window and fired off one round in their direction – without warning.
When officers questioned Jernigan, who appeared to very intoxicated, about the incident, he denied any involvement in the shooting. However, several witnesses told police they heard the gunshot come from the direction of Jernigan’s residence.
Jernigan was then taken into custody and transported to the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center, where he was held on a $14,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear Thursday, July 26, in General Sessions Court.
Sexual assault under investigation
Detectives have opened an investigation into whether a 21-year-old woman was sexually assaulted while watching a movie with a male acquaintance June 10 at University Gables on South Rutherford Boulevard in Murfreesboro.
The woman reported Wednesday the 22-year-old man continued trying to initiate a sexual encounter, but when she refused, he lifted up her dress and forcibly penetrated her three times before she was able to get off his bed and flee the scene, according to a Murfreesboro Police Department incident report.
After filling out the report, the woman was transported to Middle Tennessee Medical Center for further medical evaluation.
As of Friday, no one had not been arrested or charged in connection with the incident, and the matter remains under investigation.