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Suspect Charged With Sexual Assault Of Elderly Woman

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by Adam Ghassemi

MILLERSVILLE, Tenn. – Police have arrested the suspect they said tied up, robbed and sexually assaulted an elderly Millersville woman in her own garage.

The arrests came after suspects led police on a chase, crashed and fled into the woods Tuesday morning.

Officials said officers from the 18th Judicial District Drug Task Force in Millersville tried to pull over the vehicle for a traffic violation. They said Jonathan Brown, Jerome Inman and Kati Bunker were all inside the car.

When the vehicle failed to pull over, officers began their pursuit, according to Task Force Director Kelly Murphy.

The trio failed to negotiate a sharp curve along Bethel Road and ended up racing across a field before hitting a tree, jumping driveways and coming to a crashing end.

Chief Ronnie Williams with the Millersville Police Department said Brown left the others behind and took off into the woods.

"It's so heavily wooded it's hard to find anyone," Williams said.

After hours of searching, someone called 911 to report a 74-year-old woman had been attacked inside her home in the same area where officials were looking for Brown.

Investigators believed Brown followed her into her garage and tied her up before robbing and raping the woman.

"We figure when she got home that's when he came up - when she pulled into the garage," Williams said.

Police said Brown then stole the woman's Buick sedan and headed north for Kentucky. The woman was eventually able to free herself and call for help.

Williams said the victim was sent to a local hospital and was expected to recover from her injuries.

Officers later caught up with Brown at a Bowling Green gas station. He was arrested and booked into the Warren County, Kentucky jail where he was awaiting extradition.

Investigators said Brown faces numerous charges in Tennessee and Kentucky, including aggravated rape, assault and burglary.

Inmon and Bunker were booked into the Sumner County Jail on charges of joy riding and evading arrest. 

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