Deputies with the Wilson County Sheriffs Department forcibly entered a home on Central Pike Tuesday, after several hours of negotiation, to apprehend a 17-year-old runaway who had barricaded himself inside the residence after allegedly assaulting a 17-year-old female.
We had a suspect barricade himself inside the home for several hours, said Sheriff Terry Ashe.
The 17-year-old suspect was reportedly living at the home of his girlfriend, the 26-year-old granddaughter of the homeowner. Ashe said the home is owned by an 82-year-old woman, whose granddaughter appeared in a Wilson County courtroom Tuesday morning on charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Ashe said the situation began around 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, when deputies went to 7711 Central Pike on suspicion the 17-year-old runaway was there.
The sheriff said the granddaughter was harboring her boyfriend and also a 17-year-old female who was reported as a runaway at 9 p.m., Monday, in Mt. Juliet.
Upon arrival at the home, Ashe indicated deputies found the granddaughter, boyfriend and another 20-year-old male at the residence. He also said the 17-year-old female runaway was found on the floor bound with Duct tape and with bruises and cuts on her neck.
Apparently this 17-year-old girl had been bound and beaten in the last 24 hours, Ashe said.
After safely taking the injured girl, homeowner, granddaughter and 20-year-old male from the home, Ashe said the boyfriend barricaded himself inside the residence and was reportedly armed.
After lengthy negotiations, lasting around three hours, Ashe said deputies forcibly entered the home and apprehended the suspect.
The elderly woman has been living, locked basically on one side of the home for fear of her granddaughter and her friends, Ashe noted, adding, she was, in my opinion, a prisoner in her own home.
The 17-year-old female was immediately taken to a hospital for treatment of her injuries. The sheriff added that deputies discovered a rifle and Bowie knife inside the residence.
Charges are pending against multiple suspects, and Ashe said the granddaughter, boyfriend and 20-year-old males were in custody. All names were withheld as charges are pending. The identities of the two 17-year-olds are being withheld because they are minors.
By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
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