Man arrested by Smithville Police for kidnapping Sam's Club employees

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Posted at 12:37 PM, Jun 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-20 21:22:05-04

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A man was arrested in Smithville on multiple charges including two counts of aggravated kidnapping and one count of aggravated sexual battery.

Cookeville police say that 29-year-old Tyler Justin Hall was found at a Dollar General in Smithville on Sunday by local authorities following a kidnapping incident at a Sam's Club in Cookeville the day prior.

On Saturday night around 11:56 p.m., Cookeville Police were notified by White County police about an incident at a Sam's Club.

Around 10:34 p.m. that night two employees were standing in the parking lot when they were approached by Hall, where he held them at gunpoint and told them to drive towards White County.

Near a Walmart in White County, one of the victims was able to wrestle the gun away from Hall.

Hall then ran away from the scene.

Shortly after the incident, Cookeville PD sent out a release asking for assistance in finding him.

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Tyler Justin Hall

On Sunday after arresting Hall in Smithville, police booked him at the Putnam County Sheriff's Office.

Details related to this incident are part of an ongoing criminal prosecution, therefore Cookeville police say that any request for more information should be directed to the Office of the District Attorney General for the 13th Judicial District of Tennessee at 931-528-5015.