Thursday, October 8, 2009

Four Year Prison Sentence Given To Robber


A Cookeville man, accused of trying to rob a young woman at knifepoint earlier year, has entered a plea agreement to the especially aggravated kidnapping charges which had been filed against him. 44-year-old Timothy Mark Rector, who has been in jail since his arrest on the charges, went to court this week and pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted aggravated robbery. In return for that plea, he got a four year sentence and credit for the time he has already served, which amounts to 130 days. According to a police report at the time, Rector had held a child at knifepoint while demanding money from her mother. Police say it happened on May 30th 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 side 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 down Rector at a nearby home.