Police have arrested a man after he allegedly fatally stabbed his ex-girlfriend and her son and critically injured her daughter, Metro Police said in a news release.
Just after 5 p.m. Monday Metro Police said that Agee refused to cooperate with the investigators interview. He was booked on charges of murder and attempted Jermaine Agee, 37, was arrested on two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder and was ordered held without bond.
Police said Garcia and her son, Jayden Taylor, 13, died in the attack inside their Sonoma Trace home. Garcia’s daughter, Alexis Taylor, 16, is in critical condition at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Police said Garcia’s third child, Kaytlin Taylor, 8, was physically unharmed.
The investigation shows Agee forced his way into Garcia’s home through the rear door sometime before 2 a.m. on Monday. He went to the kitchen counter, retrieved a butcher-type knife, and apparently went to the bedrooms.
After inflicting stab wounds, Agee ordered the victims, excluding Jayden Taylor, to sit on a sofa. Jayden Taylor had been critically stabbed in his bedroom.
Court records show Jermaine Agee, charged with double homicide of Mayra Garcia, 38, and her son Jayden Taylor, 13, was forbidden by court order from leaving the state of Alabama.
While in the living room, Alexis Taylor engaged in a physical confrontation with Agee. She was joined by her mother. Police believe it is likely that additional injuries to the victims were inflicted then.
Garcia fled through the front door of the residence and ran to a home across the street where she collapsed on the porch.
Her neighbor, Frank Vickers, said he and his wife woke up to the sound of “bumping” in the middle of the night.
“She said yeah I think that’s thunder because it was raining and storming outside,” Vickers told News 4.
After seeing police cars across the street, Vickers said his gut told him to check the front porch.
“I said, ‘That’s a body on my porch,’” Vickers called for police and they identified Garcia. He watched as first responders attempted to revive her. She was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where she died.
“That bump I heard wasn’t thunder,” Vickers said. “It was her looking for help, and we didn’t know it. So, that hits you pretty hard.”
Garcia’s son Jayden Taylor was also taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he died.
Alexis Taylor fled up the street to a neighbor’s home where the 911 call was placed at 2:07 a.m. Kaytlin Taylor fled the home uninjured and was taken in by a neighbor.
Other neighbors heard their screams.
“It was like somebody screaming for their life,” Zakee Ragin said.
Police said Agee stole Garcia’s vehicle and fled the neighborhood. The car was recovered before sunrise from a motel parking lot on Bell Road. Agee could not be located.
Around mid-morning, a suspicious person call (man with blood on him) was received from a Hickory Hollow fast food restraint. Agee fled before officers arrived.
Police found Agee a short time later crouching beside a trash can in front of two businesses. He was taken into custody without incident.
Agee was taken to a hospital for treatment of a hand injured caused by the forced entry into Garcia’s home. He was taken into custody after his release.
During the search for Agee, homeless persons in the area told officers that they were aware of him and that he had stayed at a nearby homeless camp.
At the time of Monday’s murders, Agee was wanted on a misdemeanor domestic assault warrant that was sworn out last Tuesday. In that case, officers were called to an elementary school where Garcia and Agee were arguing in the school office.
School staff noticed that Garcia had visible bruising to her face. Agee left school property after the argument.
Garcia told officers that Agee hit her in the face multiple times the prior night during an argument. Police swore out the arrest warrant and assisted Garcia in obtaining an order of protection.
Agee’s whereabouts between last Tuesday and Monday morning have not been determined.
Police said Agee is a convicted felon in Alabama. He served nearly three years from 2015 to 2018 for robbery and theft convictions. He was released from custody in June 2018.
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