Escaped Benton County inmate caught in Murfreesboro

Benton County inmate Christopher Taylor was found by Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office deputies in a storm drain behind an auto collision repair business in Murfreesboro.

Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office deputies located escaped Benton County inmate Christopher Taylor in a storm drain in Murfreesboro last Tuesday afternoon.

According to RCSO, Taylor escaped after attacking a corrections officer who was transporting him back to Bradley County. He was found four hours later by Sgt. Nick Coble and Sgt. James Holloway inside a storm drain behind an auto collision repair business.

The 24-year-old inmate from Cleveland, Tenn., who had been convicted of drug-related charges, now has been charged with attempted carjacking, felony theft, aggravated assault and escape.

Murfreesboro Police, Tennessee Highway Patrol, and K9 units from RCSO, Murfreesboro and La Vergne helped in the search.

“We’ve had drones in the area as well as highway patrol helicopters,” Rutherford County Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh prior to the capture.

Taylor has been booked at the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center and is awaiting a hearing in the General Sessions Court.

Benton County Sheriff Kenny Christopher said the inmate escaped by attacking the corrections officer who was transporting him back to Bradley County.

Taylor reported climbed through a sliding window at the back of the vehicle. He then attacked the corrections officer.

During the altercation, the corrections officer noticed that Taylor had gained possession of his taser. The officer pulled over the car.

“At that point, he crawled out of the car, and then the inmate came out after him, and they began to fight on the side of the road,” said Christopher.

A truck driver stopped to separate the two men. The inmate escaped despite “double-locked” handcuffs, shackles, and a belly chain and no shoes.”

The corrections officer was treated for minor injuries.

Young girl returns to North Carolina

Three-year-old Riley Bockes, who was found in Murfreesboro after an Amber Alert was issued in North Carolina , is returning home, according to a news release from the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office.

Riley was released to the custody of her adult sister after a hearing last week in Juvenile Court.

Her father, Brent Bockes, 50, of Sanford, N.C., allegedly abducted her and drove to Rutherford County where he was involved in a crash on Interstate 24 and left the scene. They were found by deputies and Murfreesboro Police officers at the Select Inn motel.

Sanford Police Maj. Vincent Frazer said Bockes faces charges of first-degree murder of his wife, Deanna Michelle Bockes. He is also wanted for robbery and theft of a car. He is being held at the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center.

Oakland High student makes threats

A 15-year-old Oakland High School student who wanted to get out of class allegedly threatened other students on an Instagram account, a Rutherford County Sheriff’s detective said.

The male student was charged with making a false report and taken to the Rutherford County Juvenile Detention Center, said Detective Will Pinson. Data from the social media account linked the student.

“He had no intention of harming anyone at the school,” Pinson said.

SRO Capt. Brad Harrison said Oakland School Resource Officers Jeremy Murdock and Mic Rea interviewed several students to help track down the student.

The student will be remanded to alternative school, according to the school district.

Arrests made in car break-in cases

Two men were arrested last week and are suspected of breaking into cars at fitness centers, stealing credit cards and checkbooks, and then using them to make fraudulent purchases.

Kenneth Jackson, 41, of Atlanta, and Jeremy Ottinger, 42, of Nashville, were arrested at a Nashville motel with the help of Metro Nashville Police Department on Jan. 11. Both are charged by Murfreesboro Police Department detectives with car burglary and fraudulent use of a credit/ATM card.

Several cars were broken into at the Blueprint Fitness on W. College St. and the MAC on Jan. 10 in Murfreesboro. The victim’s credit cards were then used at Walgreens on Northfield Boulevard and the Speedway on Memorial Boulevard.

The men had 44 IDs of victims in eight states and checkbooks, credit cards and social security cards of another 20 victims.

They are also accused of breaking into cars in Smyrna, Nashville, Cookeville, Lebanon, Springfield, White House and Bowling Green. Jackson has outstanding warrants in South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, and Georgia for similar crimes.

Jackson and Ottinger are at the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center on a $150,000 bond each. A hearing is scheduled for both men in Rutherford County General Session Court on Thursday, Jan. 20.