(From left) Dustin Taylor and Jason Nesbitt have each been charged with rape following an investigation by detectives with the Murfreesboro Police Department in Murfreesboro, Tenn. (Photos courtesy of RCSO)
Two men have been arrested on suspicion of raping a 19-year-old woman during a late-night party last week at an Ohio Court residence, following an investigation by Murfreesboro detectives.
Dustin M. Taylor, 20, and Jason V. Nesbitt, 19, have each been charged with one count of rape in connection with the case, according to arrest and incident reports on file at the Murfreesboro Police Department.
Taylor is also facing a charge of possessing a legend drug without a prescription.
The woman told police she felt as though Taylor and Nesbitt drugged her while the group watched movies and drank liquor on the night of Sept. 19 at a rental home in the 1700 block of Ohio Court, located off South Rutherford Boulevard.
Although she admitted to drinking an alcoholic beverage, the woman told police she passed out and woke up hours later without any recollection of what had happened the night before.
Police were notified about the incident Sept. 20 when the woman went to Middle Tennessee Medical Center in reference to severe vaginal and anal pain, at which point detectives took over the investigation.
On Sunday, detectives took the men into custody and transported them to the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center, where Nesbitt was held on a $7,000 bond, while Taylor’s bail was set at $7,250 due to the additional drug-related charge.
A preliminary hearing in the case has since been scheduled for Monday, Oct. 29, in Rutherford County General Sessions Court.
Attempted abductions under investigation
Several children reported that an unidentified man attempted to lure them into a vehicle Sunday evening while they were playing outside of a home in the Blackman community.
Law enforcement officials were alerted to the situation that occurred just before 8 p.m. after a frightened fifth grader from Blackman Elementary School ran inside his Rambush Drive home saying the man tried to abduct some of the children, according to a Murfreesboro Police Department incident report.
The boy told police when none of the children complied with his requests to get into the vehicle, the man drove away.
The suspect is described as a slender white male with sandy, blonde hair who appeared to be in his early- to mid-40s. At the time of the incident, the man was wearing a black fanny pack and red hooded sweatshirt that had a yellow nine across the front.
He was last seen fleeing the area in a silver, four-door, older-model vehicle.
Anyone with information about this incident should call Crime Stoppers at 615-893-7867.
Off-duty officer assaulted
A 47-year-old man was arrested Saturday after allegedly pushing an off-duty police officer during an altercation outside of a Shell gas station down the street from Thornberry Apartments in Murfreesboro.
The incident occurred just after 2 p.m. near the intersection of New Lascassas Pike and East Northfield Boulevard, according to a Murfreesboro Police Department incident report.
Officer Frank Hernandez told police that his daughter was walking the family dog when an unknown man, later identified as Mark L. Mosher, approached and began asking her several questions, causing her to become scared.
After being informed of the situation, Hernandez went to speak with Mosher about the incident. As he approached and identified himself as a police officer, Mosher pushed Hernandez and fled the scene on foot.
On-duty police officers quickly caught up to Mosher, as he was fleeing down Pitts Lane, and took him into custody.
He has since been charged with one count of assault.
At the time of his arrest, Mosher was wanted on an outstanding warrant in connection with another assault case.
Mosher is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing on both assault charges Thursday, Nov. 15, in Rutherford County General Sessions Court.