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Tullahoma couple makes frantic call to 911 after New Year's Day kidnapping

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MANCHESTER, TN (WSMV) -

A dramatic 911 call revealed exactly what happened as a Tullahoma woman was kidnapped on New Year's Day.

A party was just wrapping up at 41 South Bar and Grill on Hillsboro Boulevard in Manchester when the woman decided to take a nap in the passenger seat of her car. Her husband, who was playing in a band at the bar, was inside the building packing up.

Police said Billy Joe Nelson then approached the car, which was parked at a closed gas station next door, jumped inside and took off.

At first, the woman's husband thought she got tired of waiting and went home.

However, when he called her cell phone, she made a desperate cry for help.

He then made a frantic call to 911:

"911, what is your emergency?" a Coffee County dispatcher asked.

"My emergency is my wife has been kidnapped," the man said. "Somebody is taking the car with her in it. She is saying, 'Please don't shoot me.'"

While driving around Manchester, Nelson allegedly sexually assaulted the woman, according to a police report.

Nelson told her he had a gun, made a comment that he knew she was rich and made her drive to an ATM to try and get money.

"It was very traumatizing for her," said Billy Butler, chief investigator for Manchester police.

The victim also called 911 while concealing her cell phone in the car. Dispatchers said it was hard to make out exactly what she was saying, but the woman was clearly crying and pleading with the suspect.

At one point, according to police, Nelson pulled the car over, so the victim tried to escape. That's when Nelson allegedly grabbed her by the hair, pulled her back into the car and bit her on the cheek.

"This was going on the whole time he was driving her car," Butler said. "He was assaulting her, stopping constantly. This was just an ongoing violent situation."

The woman and her kidnapper ended up at the Dossett Apartments in Tullahoma. Nelson got out and told the victim he'll be back in 10 minutes and for her not to leave.

She jumped into the driver's seat and took off, and a Tullahoma police officer soon came to the woman's aid.

Nelson was arrested at his girlfriend's home in Woodbury on Wednesday, and he appeared in court Manchester for an arraignment Thursday morning.

Investigators said Nelson robbed the woman of personal items, including her wedding rings and credit cards.

He remains in jail on a $250,000 bond, facing a charge of carjacking. Additional charges could be presented to a grand jury, including kidnapping and aggravated assault.

Channel 4 News is not identifying the woman because she may be the victim of sexual assault.

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