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CRIME BRIEFS: Woman punched in road rage incident

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An unidentified male suspect punched a 47-year-old woman in the face Thursday during a road rage incident near the intersection of South Rutherford Boulevard and John Bragg Highway in Murfreesboro.

The woman told officers she was traveling down South Rutherford Boulevard just before 6 p.m. when a man nearly ran her off the road, according to a Murfreesboro Police Department incident report.

Once the two were stopped at a red light, the woman got out of her car to confront him. As she approached his blue van, the man pulled a handgun out of the center console and threatened to shoot her, so she ran back to her car.

Moments later, the man approached her vehicle, leaned through the window, and struck her with a closed fist in the face, at which point she grabbed her phone to call police. The man then quickly fled the scene.

Police conducted a search of the area but did not locate the man.

Based on statements given to police, the suspect is described as a white male, between 5 feet 10 inches tall and 6 feet tall, with dark blonde hair, and he is believed to be in his mid-40s or early 50s.

At the time of the incident, the suspect was wearing a yellow shirt and blue-jean jacket.

Anyone with information about this incident should call Crime Stoppers at 615-893-7867.

Christmas presents stolen during burglary

A Murfreesboro woman discovered Wednesday night that more than $1,100 worth of Christmas presents and electronic equipment had been stolen from her North Academy Street residence while she was at work.

The incident occurred some time between the hours of 1 p.m. and 9 p.m. in the 800 block of North Academy Street, according to a Murfreesboro Police Department incident report.

Among the items listed as stolen include 50-inch Panasonic television and DVD player, in addition to the presents that were under the Christmas tree.

More than $1,000 worth of property was also damaged during the incident.

Due to the amount of damage and value of the items that were taken, detectives were also called to the scene to collect evidence and take over the case.

As of Friday, no one had been arrested or charged in connection with the incident, and the matter remains under investigation.

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