GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) - The jig is up for a man who police say impersonated his brother after committing a number of serious crimes across Middle Tennessee.
According to court documents, Metro Police arrested James C. Hood, 29, just after 1 a.m. on Tuesday morning in connection with a number of violent incidents.
Hood entered MNPD's radar back in April when he allegedly assaulted a woman with a hearing aid inside a gas station on Fannin Drive in Goodlettsville.
The woman told police she didn't know the man and had never seen him before he brutally assaulted her. Police reviewed video surveillance from the store and confirmed the details of the shocking incident.
In the video, after the woman put her items on the counter, Hood comes up behind her and hits her in the side of the head. Then, police say, he puts her in a choke hold, slams her into the counter and hits her in the side of the head repeatedly, breaking her $2,500 hearing aid off inside her ear. As she falls to the ground, he hits her again and busts her lip open, and then flees the store with an unknown, white female.
It’s remains unclear why he assaulted the woman. Police reports do not indicate that she or the store was robbed.
In the police report, the responding officer said he immediately recognized the suspect in the video as "Michael Hood,” a man he encountered earlier that night while investigating a noise complaint.
The officer said he found Hood and another person fighting in the middle of the street. After the fight, neither party wanted to press charges against the other. But during the officer’s investigation, he took down the name, date of birth and social security number for the man he believed was Michael Hood.
The female victim positively identified Michael Hood in a photo lineup, and police took out warrants against him for aggravated assault and vandalism over $2,500.
When the real Michael Hood was arrested on those charges in July, his parents contacted a Metro detective and told him that it was really their other son, James, that committed the crimes. The Scotts told the detective their sons are a year apart but could pass for identical twins — except for James' hand and neck tattoos.
Police re-watched surveillance video from the gas station assault and released Michael from custody. The detective then took out warrants for James Hood.
However, it would be months before police came back into contact with him.
On the morning of Dec. 7, officers were called to a residence on the 100 block of Brick Church Pike where James Hood allegedly assaulted another woman.
The victim, who lives at the residence, told police that Hood was looking for his girlfriend and refused to leave when she wasn't there. The woman told police Hood tried to hit her, but missed, and then grabbed her with both hands and threw her on the ground. The victim's cousin was able to pull Hood off of her, and then she sprayed him with a water hose until he ran away.
Police later located Hood walking on N. Main Street near Fannin Drive and placed him in handcuffs for the assault, prior Metro warrants, and warrants out of Sumner County for criminal impersonation, DUI, driving on a revoked license and implied consent.
According to the officer, even after he had positively identified James Hood with the ID card in his pocket, he repeatedly told him that his name was "Michael Hood." During the initial arrest, the officer also found a digital scale in Hood's pocket coated with marijuana residue.
While being escorted to the cruiser, Hood struck the officer in the face with his elbow and ran down an embankment. The officer took Hood into custody again after a short foot pursuit. He was driven back to the residence on Brick Church Pike and positively identified by the second assault victim.
Hood is charged with aggravated assault - intentional serious bodily injury, assaulting a police officer, misdemeanor assault, vandalism over $2,500, drug possession, evading arrest, two counts of criminal impersonation and two counts of probation violation.
He was booked into the Davidson County Jail on a $31,000 bond. However, he is ineligible for release due to additional warrants out of Sumner County.