Lebanon officers located and arrested a suspected kidnapper from Rutherford County early Monday morning.
Lebanon police Chief Scott Bowen said officers were told to be on the lookout for a kidnapping suspect in a green Ford Mustang coming from Rutherford County and possibly headed to Carthage with a woman victim just before 2 a.m.
Bowen said an officer spotted the Mustang on Interstate 40 East as it exited at Sparta Pike and headed northbound. He said the officer confirmed the license plate and stopped the vehicle.
Bowen said the driver was identified as Brandon Reynolds, 21, of Carthage. He said a woman passenger was upset, scared and told the officer she was being held against her will.
Reynolds was released to a Rutherford County sheriff’s deputy. A Rutherford County sheriff’s spokesperson said Tuesday detectives charged Reynolds with kidnapping, and he was booked Monday into Rutherford County Jail on $3,000 bond. He was released Monday after a 12-hour hold. The case goes to court March 20.
According to additional information from a Rutherford County sheriff’s detective, Reynolds was arrested after he allegedly drove away with the mother of his 3-week-old baby.
Detective Lisa McCallum said the victim, Haley White, of Smyrna, asked Reynolds to bring their baby home from his Carthage home. McCallum said when Reynolds arrived at White’s home, she leaned into the car to get the baby, but the baby wasn’t there.
According to McCallum, Reynolds then asked White to get inside the car and talk, and when she got inside he drove off. White asked Reynolds to take her home, but he refused.
White’s mother contacted the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office, who then asked surrounding law enforcement to be on the lookout for the suspect.
McCallum said White was able to pick her baby from Reynolds’ mother later.