Police arrest suspect in Cookeville home invasion, kidnapping - WSMV News 4

Police arrest suspect in Cookeville home invasion, kidnapping

Posted: Updated:
Russell Vaughn, 34, has been arrested in connection to the kidnapping. (Source: Cookeville PD) Russell Vaughn, 34, has been arrested in connection to the kidnapping. (Source: Cookeville PD)
COOKEVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A manhunt came to an end in Cookeville after a man allegedly broke into an elderly woman's home, stole her car and kidnapped her.

The suspect, 34-year-old Russell Lee Vaughn, was arrested Thursday morning at Kids Kare Pediatrics & Pediatric Cardiology on South Willow Avenue.

Officials said the victim was found Thursday morning and is "relatively unharmed" but does have some minor injuries. She has not been identified.

The Cookeville Police Department got involved when a woman called 911 around 7 p.m. Wednesday after noticing something odd about a male driver who approached her.

The witness told police she saw the 74-year-old victim inside the car mouthing the words "help me." The driver then took off on Interstate 40.

The witness was able to give police the license plate number of the stolen SUV. Police are crediting this woman with helping to save the victim's life.

Around 6:30 a.m. Thursday, the suspect let the victim out of the car in front of a motel on South Willow Drive. Police have not released details about the specific location.

Officers later found the vehicle and followed Vaughn for less than a mile before he allegedly ditched the car and ran off.

Around 11:30 a.m., Cookeville Mayor Ricky Shelton announced Vaughn had been arrested.

According to police, Vaughn and the victim did not know each other prior to the abduction. Vaughn is believed to have had a gun at some point during the burglary and kidnapping.

Police believe the incident appears to have been random but said Vaughn may have been trying to get money for drugs.

Vaughn is a resident of Cookeville. He was arrested recently on drug charges in Putnam County but does not have any violent crimes on record.

While the manhunt was still going on, Shelton said the police department went door-to-door in the Fairground Lane neighborhood and checked on families. Park View Elementary School students were ordered to shelter in place.

A concerned parent who was picking up his children from the school said the whole community is shaken up about what happened.

"To hear something like this in our town, it's just amazing. Like, I don't have words to speak about it because it's crazy how something like this could happen," said Waldo Vasquez of Cookeville.

Vaughn is charged with aggravated burglary and aggravated kidnapping.

Copyright 2017 WSMV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

  • Recent HeadlinesMore>>

  • Police arrest suspected gunman for Oct 6 murder

    Police arrest suspected gunman for Oct 6 murder

    Sunday, October 22 2017 11:19 PM EDT2017-10-23 03:19:09 GMT
    Danny Haskins (MNPD)Danny Haskins (MNPD)

    Dyersburg Police have arrested Danny Haskins, 57, the murder suspect for the fatal shooting that occurred October 6 outside the Marathon gas station on John A. Merritt Blvd. He was taken into custody Sunday evening. Metro Police said he will be moved to Nashville in the near future.

    More >>

    Dyersburg Police have arrested Danny Haskins, 57, the murder suspect for the fatal shooting that occurred October 6 outside the Marathon gas station on John A. Merritt Blvd. He was taken into custody Sunday evening. Metro Police said he will be moved to Nashville in the near future.

    More >>
  • Davidson County Lieutenant arrested for aggravated assault

    Davidson County Lieutenant arrested for aggravated assault

    Sunday, October 22 2017 10:11 PM EDT2017-10-23 02:11:21 GMT
    (WSMV)(WSMV)

    Derrick Gleaves, a lieutenant with the Davidson County Sheriff's Office, was arrested Friday for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. According to the affidavit, which you can read here (warning: the affidavit contains language that may be offensive to some), Gleaves followed a male mechanic who was dropping off a car to Gleaves' wife at her place of employment.

    More >>

    Derrick Gleaves, a lieutenant with the Davidson County Sheriff's Office, was arrested Friday for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. According to the affidavit, which you can read here (warning: the affidavit contains language that may be offensive to some), Gleaves followed a male mechanic who was dropping off a car to Gleaves' wife at her place of employment.

    More >>
  • TDOC checks sex offender compliance ahead of Halloween

    TDOC checks sex offender compliance ahead of Halloween

    Sunday, October 22 2017 8:35 PM EDT2017-10-23 00:35:14 GMT

    As we approach Halloween, and more families head out into the neighborhoods for trick or treating the Tennessee Department of Corrections is hard at work making sure sex offenders are following rules and restrictions. Joseph Gallina is probation and parole manager for the Davidson County sex offender unit. 

    More >>

    As we approach Halloween, and more families head out into the neighborhoods for trick or treating the Tennessee Department of Corrections is hard at work making sure sex offenders are following rules and restrictions. Joseph Gallina is probation and parole manager for the Davidson County sex offender unit. 

    More >>
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Judge tosses $417M award against Johnson & Johnson

    Judge tosses $417M award against Johnson & Johnson

    Saturday, October 21 2017 5:56 PM EDT2017-10-21 21:56:34 GMT
    In this April 15, 2011, file photo, a bottle of Johnson's baby powder is displayed in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)In this April 15, 2011, file photo, a bottle of Johnson's baby powder is displayed in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

    A judge on Friday tossed out a $417 million jury award to a woman who claimed she developed ovarian cancer by using Johnson & Johnson talc-based baby powder for feminine hygiene.

    More >>

    A judge on Friday tossed out a $417 million jury award to a woman who claimed she developed ovarian cancer by using Johnson & Johnson talc-based baby powder for feminine hygiene.

    More >>
  • Mom charged in 2016 death of 6-month-old son

    Mom charged in 2016 death of 6-month-old son

    Thursday, October 19 2017 2:14 PM EDT2017-10-19 18:14:08 GMT

    The mother of a six-month-old boy was indicted on a charge of felony murder, according to a news release.

    More >>

    The mother of a six-month-old boy was indicted on a charge of felony murder, according to a news release.

    More >>
  • FBI couldn't access nearly 7K devices because of encryption

    FBI couldn't access nearly 7K devices because of encryption

    Sunday, October 22 2017 6:36 PM EDT2017-10-22 22:36:07 GMT
    (AP/Meredith Image)(AP/Meredith Image)

    The FBI hasn't been able to retrieve data from more than half of the mobile devices it tried to access in less than a year, FBI Director Christopher Wray said Sunday, turning up the heat on a debate between technology companies and law enforcement officials trying to recover encrypted communications. 

    More >>

    The FBI hasn't been able to retrieve data from more than half of the mobile devices it tried to access in less than a year, FBI Director Christopher Wray said Sunday, turning up the heat on a debate between technology companies and law enforcement officials trying to recover encrypted communications. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly
WSMV
Powered by WorldNow CNN
All content © 2017, WSMV; Nashville, TN. (A Meredith Corporation Station) . All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.