Kidnapping suspect captured in Sumner County

Dillon Kirby was taken into custody Wednesday morning
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Posted at 2:08 AM, Jan 26, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-26 18:16:06-05

BETHPAGE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Deputies with the Sumner County Sheriff's Office told people in Bethpage to lock their homes Tuesday night, as a wanted kidnapping suspect was on the run in the area. The suspect, 19-year-old Dillon Kirby, was arrested early Wednesday morning.

Kirby was wanted in both Sumner and Macon Counties for kidnapping, especially aggravated burglary, theft, and other charges.

Sumner County sheriff's deputies are searching for Dillon Kirby
Sumner County sheriff's deputies are searching for Dillon Kirby

The Macon County Sheriff's Office said Kirby held another man against his will nearly two weeks ago. He's accused of hitting the man in the head with a rifle, splitting the man's head open. The sheriff's office said Kirby ran from the scene, but was seen driving a Jeep a few days later.

When deputies pulled up next to the vehicle, the sheriff's office said Kirby jumped out and ran. The Jeep was stolen out of Bethpage.

That same day, the Macon County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call reporting a man stealing a vehicle. The office said the man was Kirby, who wasn't able to drive the vehicle because it was a stick shift, so he ran from the area. Law enforcement searched for Kirby, but were unable to find him.

Somehow, Kirby made his way to Bethpage and was spotted near Mt. Vernon Road on Tuesday night. Deputies and Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers scoured the area and found Kirby in a home just before 9 a.m. He was then taken into custody.

According to the Sumner County Sheriff's Office, Kirby's mother Birthie Kirby was arrested and charged with false reporting and acting as an accessory after the fact. She's accused of actively assisting her son's efforts to avoid detection and arrest.