Fugitives caught after Clarksville home invasion, vehicle theft

Posted at 6:04 AM, Dec 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-20 09:34:49-05

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The man and woman wanted in a frightening home invasion in Clarksville were caught just outside of St. Louis, Missouri, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Investigators tracked 41-year-old Brady Witcher and 28-year-old Brittany McMillan to a hotel in Hazelwood, Thursday night. Officials added both to the TBI's Most Wanted List just hours before they were captured.

Police said both were arrested and booked into jail in Hazelwood. Neither of the stolen vehicles was located at the hotel.

The ordeal began Wednesday when Witcher and McMillan came out of the woods behind the Waterford Landings Apartments on Westfield Court and entered a unit that was left unlocked around 4 p.m.

Jim Knoll, with Clarksville Police, said the armed suspects tied up a married couple and forced them into a closet where they stayed overnight.

In the morning, the victims were separated into different rooms, and a confrontation between the victims and suspects occurred. A gun was discharged during the altercation, the male victim was stabbed, and the female victim was able to wrestle away a gun from McMillan.

Both were taken to an area hospital for their injuries. The female was treated for a leg injury and released from the hospital and the male is expected to be released soon.

The suspects took off in the victims’ 2012 GMC Z71 pickup truck. The truck has a Texas license plate number of KST3558 and has tow mirrors. They were believed to be armed with a gun and “multiple” knives, according to investigators.

Another vehicle, which the suspects stole out of Alabama on December 16 has not been recovered and could be using, is a red, 2019 NISSAN ALTIMA SL 4S, North Carolina tag FMJ6505.

Police said the Witcher and McMillan are believed to be the same two implicated in a shoplifting case at Walmart on Madison Street on December 14. In that case, a man allegedly pulled a gun on a worker when he was asked to show a receipt. Both suspects were seen on the store's surveillance video.

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The suspects were spotted again Wednesday afternoon around 3:15 at the Walmart on Wilma Rudolph Boulevard. They left the store and got into a Ford car that was reported stolen out of Rutherford County. Officers tried to pull over the car, but the driver sped away. Police said they decided to not pursue the car out of public safety. A witness tells us they were driving recklessly. Due to safety concerns, we are hiding his identity.

"First they cut me off because I tried to get in the turning lane to turn into here, but they were in the turning lane, and blocked everybody, and that’s the last I saw until I came around and that’s when I saw them ditch the car and get out and run."

The witness said the suspects ditched the stolen car a short time later and high-tailed it into the woods near Fair Brook Place. A shot was also reportedly fired. Just a few minutes later, they're suspected of holding the couple hostage in an apartment.

"That’s pretty scary because my wife and I talked about it last night that it’s so close to home... Hopefully they’ll catch these people because they definitely need to be somewhere other than in the public."