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Crime spree suspect unable to talk

Sunday, August 3, 2008

An Atlanta man who allegedly went on a crime spree last week is still in critical condition in a Chattanooga hospital, and Franklin County investigators say they may never learn what his motives were.

Abbas Hussein was severely injured after being involved in a high speed chase with Franklin County authorities. Hussein is facing a variety of charges after he allegedly stole a vehicle from Shelbyville, allegedly attempted to rape a woman, allegedly stole a second vehicle, allegedly attempted to run down a deputy and then fled from officers.

Lt. Mike Bell of the Franklin County Sheriff Department said that the investigation is "at a standstill" due to Hussein's condition, which he described as "really bad."

"I don't know if we'll ever find out what the motive was, in the condition he's in," Bell said. "I don't know if he'll ever be able to tell us."

Bell said that Hussein has still not regained consciousness more than a week after the alleged crime spree.

The investigator also said that all that Hussein's family in Atlanta knows is that he was in Shelbyville to attend a religious conference of some kind.

The crime spree began on the night of July 23 in Shelbyville when Hussein allegedly stole a Ford Explorer from Francisco Carrillo at a location on East Depot Street described by police as "possibly a Somalian mosque."

Hussein allegedly headed south, where he is accused of entering Center Grove Baptist Church between Estill Springs and Tullahoma, and allegedly attempted to rape a woman in the building.

Hussein allegedly tried to convince the woman to perform a sex act and, when she refused to do so, offered her money. A struggle then allegedly ensued, with the woman managing to get away long enough to call police.

The Atlanta man then allegedly stole a 1999 Ford F-250 from Speedy Sak Market north of Estill Springs, leaving Carrillo's vehicle behind.

When the stolen vehicle was spotted by FCSD Sgt. Milton Binkley, Hussein allegedly tried to run over him as he attempted an arrest. Binkley suffered an ankle injury when he dove out of the way.

Hussein was then allegedly involved in a high speed chase with Franklin County deputies, which ended when the stolen truck struck an emergency turnaround area, went airborne and rolled several times, ejecting him.

The man appeared dead at the scene, but officers managed to clear his airway and Hussein began to breathe again. He was flown to Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga.

Hussein is facing a list of charges including attempted sexual assault, aggravated assault, theft of property and failure to yield to blue lights, among other offenses, Bell said last week.