Clayton Cochran was arrested on multiple charges including aggravated domestic assault following an incident at a home on McMinnville Highway.
Deputies Joshua Thomas and Randy Wildes were dispatched to the home where they were met by a woman who said, “He tried to kill me.” She told the deputies that her attacker had ran int the nearby woods after the assault.
Thomas and Wildes went into the woods and announced who they were and asked Cochran to come out.
“After several attempts I heard a male voice say, 'who is it?' I announced again, 'Sheriff's Department come out,” Thomas said.
The suspect said he needed a light to see, so the deputies told him to “stay put and we would come to him,” the deputy said.
Officers discovered Cochran across the street hiding in a ditch. He tossed away a knife and got on his knees with his hands on his head.
After detaining Cochran, the deputies began to explore the crime scene beginning with the woman's car. All four tires were slashed with a knife blade still stuck in the rear tire of the driver's side. The driver's side window was pulled off track and was hanging from the door frame. The dash was broken and torn from its mountings. The rear view mirror was pulled off and the windshield had been broken by a small barbecue grill which had dumped ashes all inside the vehicle.
The woman said Cochran strangled her until nearly lost consciousness, but she managed to escape outside where she hid in a creek bed.
Cochran told the officers he couldn't remember what happened. “Everything gets blurry.”
He was charged with aggravated assault (domestic) and vandalism over $1,000 for the damage to the car.
DUI, Third Offense
Ian Lucas Mitchell was charged with DUI, third offense, driving on a revoked license and reckless driving following a traffic stop on John Bragg Highway.
Mitchell told Deputy Joshua Thomas that he thought he was on Lascassas Pike in Murfreesboro and that he was nearly to state Route 96.
John Helms was charged with driving on a revoked license (fourth offense) and with violating the financial responsibility law.
Helms was stopped by Sgt. Tommy Miller, who was working traffic control on an overturned vehicle at the corner of Iconium and Eugene Reed Road.
Too noisy to sleep
Theodore Judkins was charged with assault after he hit Kenneth Felts several times in the face and head. Judkins had grown angry because he was trying to sleep and the other residents on this home on Charley Lewis Road were making too much noise. Judkins was charged with assault.
Charged on multiple warrants
James Allen Presley was charged with citation warrants on criminal trespass, theft over $1,000, criminal trespass, burglary, theft over $1,000, theft over $500, vandalism and aggravated burglary.
Howard Odell Walls, domestic assault.
Anthony R. Gentry, harassment
Julie D. Ray, passing a worthless check.