Victim doesn’t find attack funny

Monday, January 4, 2021

A man who allegedly forced his way into an ex-girlfriend’s Shoma Drive home on New Year’s morning and attacked her was found by police and arrested later in the day.

Joel Adam Alexander, 57, of Murfreesboro broke and climbed through a window, punched the victim in the face and strangled her to near-unconsciousness, Officer Matt Sharp of the Shelbyville Police Department said.

The victim told police Alexander texted her, “Ha Ha”, after the alleged assault.

Rutherford County deputies were notified to be on the lookout for Alexander’s green Jaguar. Alexander was stopped and arrested near Murfreesboro, Sharp said.

Cuts and dried blood were on Alexander’s hands, Sharp said. Alexander allegedly claimed he had fallen at a party in Murfreesboro.

After his arrest, Alexander was treated at Vanderbilt Bedford Hospital for a cut he allegedly attempted to hide from corrections officers.

Alexander was charged with aggravated burglary, vandalism and aggravated domestic assault and released on $37,000 bond.

Vehicle burglary

A burglary suspect spent the early hours of New Year’s Day stealing instead of celebrating, according to Shelbyville police.

Jacob Ryan Beasley, 24, of North Thompson Street is charged with auto burglary (vehicle parts), theft of property, vandalism, unlawful possession of a weapon, and two counts of failure to appear on previous charges.

Beasley allegedly took a 12-gauge shotgun and speaker box after smashing the rear window of a vehicle on Lentz Street after midnight New Year’s morning, police were told.

A North Thompson Street neighbor told Officer Laterra Clay he saw a man matching Beasley’s description dropping off a large box behind a nearby business. The speaker box was found as Beasley’s girlfriend’s mother drove by slowly, was stopped by police and confirmed his identity.

Beasley was found at a nearby home, where Officer Michael Taylor noticed ceiling insulation on his clothing, checked the attic and found the weapon.

Jail records indicated Beasley is being held on $20,000 bond.

Drug charges

•Methamphetamine and unprescribed prescription drugs were discovered during a vehicle search at a North Cannon Boulevard parking lot early Saturday, police said.

Faith Marie Kelso, 37, of Troupe Road and Peyton Nicholas Garrett, 23, of Cherokee Drive were charged after their car’s owner notified police he wanted it returned. The owner alleged he’d loaned it to a friend and discovered it was being used in connection with drug use.

Kelso was charged with possession of schedule II, IV and V drugs and paraphernalia and introducing contraband into a penal institution. She was held on $9,000 bond.

Garrett, who told police he’d just met Kelso, was charged with two counts of simple possession and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia and held on $2,500 bond.

•Marijuana became an unwanted snack for a suspect accused of tampering with evidence Saturday, according to a Shelbyville Police Department report.

Lawrence Alexander Boone, 34, of Murfreesboro allegedly swallowed an undetermined amount of marijuana as he was being pulled over for a window tint violation on North Main Street.

Boone drove some distance at a very slow speed before stopping, Officer Ramon Castillo said. Castillo noted Boone was making “furtive movements” inside the vehicle and, upon pulling to a stop, had marijuana residue around his mouth. The vehicle’s interior smelled of marijuana, Castillo said.

Charges of tampering with evidence, evading arrest and a window tint violation were filed against Boone, who was held on $4,500 bond.

•Steven L. Stith was cited for simple possession, driving without a license, seat belt and registration violations during a traffic stop Sunday afternoon on Hobson Avenue.

Stith was initially noticed driving without a seat belt by Officer Ramon Castillo. A bag containing .02 grams of marijuana was allegedly found inside Stith’s SUV.

Jail intake

The following were charged since Thursday by the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, Shelbyville Police Department, Tennessee Highway Patrol or 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force. They are only charged; guilt or innocence will be determined by the courts.

•Joel Adam Alexander, 57, Murfreesboro; aggravated burglary, vandalism, aggravated domestic assault; released, $37,000 bond

•John Michael Arnold, 30, Fairfield Pike; domestic assault, simple possession, possession of drug paraphernalia; released, $4,500 bond

•Florina Basurto Angel, 35, East Depot Street; driving on suspended license, financial responsibility, DUI; released, $3,500 bond

•Jacob Ryan Beasley, 24, North Thompson Street; auto burglary (vehicle parts), theft of property, vandalism, unlawful possession of a weapon, failure to appear (two counts); held, $20,000 bond

•Lawrence Alexander Boone, 34, Murfreesboro; window tinting, tampering with evidence, evading arrest; held, $4,500 bond

•Matthew Scot Brinkley, 34, Kingree Road; DUI, assault; released, $1,000 bond

•Thomas Gordon Brown, 41, Midland Road; aggravated sexual battery; held, $30,000 bond

•Gregory Winton Cass, 49, U.S. 231; DUI; held, $1,500 bond

•Miguel Hernandez Castro, 18, Baker Street; no driver’s license/exhibited on demand, DUI, reckless/careless driving, drinking age law; held, $4,500 bond

•Ashley Blair Chappell, 36, Highway 64 East, Wartrace; DUI (second offense); held, $5,000 bond

•James Brandon Congo, 28, Guntersville, Alabama; theft of property (motor vehicle), theft of property (over $10,000); held, $20,000 bond

•Savannah Storme Dacosta, 24, Wesley Street; domestic assault, simple possession, possession of drug paraphernalia; released, $4,500 bond

•Kaitlin Ryann Epperson, 32, Belmont Avenue; violation of probation; held, $3,000 bond

•Peyton Nicholas Garrett, 23, Cherokee Drive; simple possession (two counts), possession of drug paraphernalia; held, $2,500 bond

•Robert Chandler Gobbell, 19, Bridle Lane; simple possession of schedule VI drug, possession of drug paraphernalia; held, $1,500 bond

•Jullian Dior Hale, 31, Sun Circle; following too closely, driving on suspended license; summons delivered

•Christopher James Hardee, 42, West Lane Street; aggravated domestic assault, domestic assault (two counts), reckless endangerment; held, $17,000 bond

•Kristina Kay Hollandsworth, 43, Burrum Drive; DUI; held, $1,500 bond

•Lucky Lee Hollandsworth, 46, Burrum Drive; unlawful possession of a weapon, aggravated domestic assault, interference with emergency calls, possession of drug paraphernalia; held, $22,500 bond

•Faith Marie Kelso, 37, Troupe Road; possession of schedule II drug, possession of schedule V drug, possession of drug paraphernalia, introducing contraband into penal institution, possession of schedule IV drug; held, $9,000 bond

•Natjaneal Ray Lee, 20, Highway 64 West; disorderly conduct; held, $5,000 bond

•Nathan Shane Lynch, 36, Warners Bridge Road; DUI; released, $1,500 bond

•Hanna Marie May, 23, Highway 64 East; failure to appear; released on recognizance

•Trista DeLeon Moore II, 22, Huntsville, Alabama; driving on suspended license; summons delivered

•Markeice Leon Murphy, 37, Landers Street; driving on revoked license, speeding; released, $1,000 bond

•Willie Taft Nard Jr., 70, Tollgate Road; possession of drug paraphernalia; released on recognizance

•Regina Lynn Nease, 58, Antioch; DUI, simple possession, registration law, move over law, financial responsibility, disorderly conduct; released, $5,500 bond

•Matthew Shane Nelson, 45, Roddy Road; violation of order of protection; held, $10,000 bond

•Michael Bruce Pendergrast, 45, North Linda Drive; domestic assault; released, $3,000 bond

•Nathan Devall Ringer, 32, Frank Martin Road; violation of probation; held, $5,000 bond

•Guadalupe Salinas Rodriguez, 28, Ray Street; no driver’s license; summons delivered

•Bobby Scott Jr., 54, Manchester; DUI, leaving scene of accident; held, $3,000 bond

•Herman Wilson Sims, 58, no address available, Shelbyville; violation of probation; released, $500 bond

•Frank Auston Warnack, 38, Nashville; public intoxication, violation of probation; released, $500 bond

•David Lee Wright, 35, Cortner Road; failure to appear; held, no bond