Monday, June 1, 2009

Kidnapping Suspect Arrested

Especially aggravated kidnapping charges are pending against a Cookeville man, who allegedly held a child at knifepoint while demanding money from her mother. Police say it happened Saturday night at the Children's Museum on W. 2nd St. The victim had just left the museum and was getting into the car with her three daughters when she heard a male voice from the passenger said say, "Give me twenty dollars and I won't hurt her." The mother then turned to see a large male subject grabbing her daughter's arm and holding a knife in front of her face. She told police that she reacted on instinct, grabbing the man's knife hand and beginning to struggle with him while she screamed for help. She also started honking the horn on her car "trying to create a scene." Those actions caused the suspect to run off, but police got a good description and a K-9 unit was able to track the suspect from the scene of the crime to an apartment on North Hickory Avenue. Police then saw the suspect running from the rear of the apartment to a nearby parking lot and took him into custody. He was identified as 43-year-old Timothy Mark Rector. Rector was jailed under $150,000 bond.