Convicted Sex Offender Charged With Attempted Kidnapping
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Police have arrested a convicted sex offender for an attempted abduction outside a convenience store on Friday.
Youth Services detectives charged 27-year-old Matthew Harber with attempted especially aggravated kidnapping and aggravated sexual battery for grabbing a 12-year-old girl outside an Old Hickory convenience market Friday morning.
Investigators said Matthew Harber's stepfather called police after recognizing him from surveillance pictures aired on local media Friday night. A court affidavit said Harber's stepfather told him to "get his shoes on because he was going to take him downtown to turn himself in."
Police went to his home on Lakeshore Drive and took him into custody Saturday morning.
During interviews, Harber admitted to grabbing the girl by the shoulder, touching her inappropriately, and putting his hand over her mouth. Two friends were with the girl at the Discount Tobacco and Beer Mart on Old Hickory Boulevard when it happened. They started screaming and got the attention of a store clerk who then intervened.
According to a court affidavit, Harber also told police that he went back to the convenience store to apologize to the victim, except she wasn't there.
Harber is a convicted sex offender now facing aggravated kidnapping and sexual battery charges. Harber is on Tennessee's Sex Offender Registry for a 2006 sexual battery conviction in Dickson County.