Police capture violent offender

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Violent actions allegedly committed by a suspect prompted six Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office deputies to join Murfreesboro Police in apprehending the suspect early Monday, Sheriff Robert Arnold said.

Sgt. Chris Owens reported suspect Asa Gilbert, 30, of 304 Chicken Pike in Smyrna, was wanted for stealing a gun from his father that he fired inside his father’s home, assaulting his parents, stealing vehicles and fleeing from police with passengers inside the car.

“Mr. Gilbert was considered armed and extremely dangerous,” Sgt. Owens reported.

Both the Sheriff’s Office and Murfreesboro Police were searching for Gilbert on 11 felony warrants and five misdemeanor warrants.

Murfreesboro Police saw Gilbert about 4 a.m. driving a car he allegedly stole from his mother Sunday night and began the pursuit joined by Sheriff’s Sgt. Owens and Deputies Jason Brown, Scott Parker, Chris Smotherman, Matt Kunce and Robert Horne.

“I allowed all units to be involved due to Mr. Gilbert’s violent actions over the last several weeks,” Sgt. Owens reported.

The spike strips were deployed on Northwest Broad Street near Monte Hale Drive where Gilbert was taken into custody.

Gilbert was booked into Rutherford County Adult Detention Center where he was charged with three counts of aggravated assault, four counts of evading arrest with a motor vehicle, two counts of theft, four counts of driving on a revoked license, two counts of violation of probation and failure to appear in court on a drug charge. He is being held for Smyrna Police.



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