BREAKING: Man charged in cold-case kidnapping
Updated Oct 18, 2013 at 4:40 PM
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agents arrested a Lebanon man on Friday in the 2011 kidnapping of a Mt. Juliet teenager.
Agents arrested and charged Jeremy Wayne Darnell, 33, of Lebanon, with one count of especially aggravated kidnapping.
Darnell is accused of forcing a 14-year-old girl into the passenger side seat of his truck the Providence Marketplace parking lot on August 5, 2011.
After a struggle in the vehicle, the victim escaped, ran to safety and contacted police.
Thursday, TBI received eyewitness information identifying Darnell as the abductor, according to a TBI spokesperson.
“We are humbled and grateful to hear that the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) made an arrest in our 2011 kidnapping case that occurred in Providence MarketPlace. The TBI plays a vital role in ensuring Tennessee’s criminals do not escape,” stated Police Chief James Hambrick. “This case is closed, and our community is safer because of the TBI’s efforts.”
At the time of the abduction, law enforcement believed that the Providence Marketplace incident was linked to an attempted kidnapping of another teenage girl at the Walmart in Clarksville in July 2011. In light of new information, authorities no longer believe the two incidents are related.
Darnell was booked into the Wilson County Jail Friday.