A 17-year-old female victim involved in an incident where a 17-year-old male barricaded himself inside a home on Tuesday, Sept. 20, on Central Pike, has been released from the hospital and returned to her home as charges are set to be filed against three individuals involved.
Det. Sgt. Jeff Johnson of the Wilson County Sheriffs Department, who is leading the investigation, said Thursday that Jenna Nicole Baird, 26, of 7711 Central Pike, Mt. Juliet, and James Jordan Fisher, 21, of 4036 Elizabeth Drive, Hermitage, are to be charged in the incident.
The 17-year-old male is in custody in Rutherford County and is to be charged as well. Both 17-year-olds are reported runaways.
The four were all reportedly living at the home of Bairds grandmother at the Central Pike address, where deputies went on Tuesday to investigate reports of a runaway living there.
When deputies arrived at the home, the 17-year-old male barricaded himself inside, leading to a stand-off of more than three hours.
The 17-year-old and Fisher were taken into custody after deputies entered the home and found the 17-year-old female bound and beaten with cuts on her neck.
Baird is in custody at the Wilson County Jail with no bond until her court date on Oct. 4. She was appearing in court on Tuesday on previous charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Also, Fisher is in custody at the jail on $20,000 bond. He was arrested on charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and harboring a runaway. Johnson added that Fisher was reportedly in a relationship with the 17-year-old female.
She (the victim) and Fisher were apparently in a relationship and were living in a detached garage at the home, Johnson said.
Johnson also said Baird and the 17-year-old male were reportedly in a relationship.
There will be more charges filed against Fisher, Johnson said, adding that Baird and the 17-year-old male will face additional charges as well.
In his investigation, Johnson said the suspects told him the 17-year-old girl ran away from home and was picked up by the 17-year-old male, and the pair then picked up Fisher and later Baird at a local Walmart. The group then went to the home on Central Pike.
Johnson said the 17-year-old female left the home on foot on Monday and was seen by a Sheriffs Deputy who pulled up beside her in his patrol car to see if she needed assistance. Johnson said the girl told the patrolman she was OK and didnt need a ride anywhere.
They saw her talking to the patrolman and thought she was telling him where they lived and were snitching on them, Johnson said of Fisher, Baird and the 17-year-old male.
When she returned to the home, Johnson said Baird, Fisher and the 17-year-old male allegedly bound the girl with Duct tape, assaulted her and cut her neck. Wilson County Sheriff Terry Ashe said Tuesday that a rifle and Bowie knife were found in the home.
Johnson said he is still in the process of determining which charges will be filed against the three individuals.
We are still working with the District Attorneys Office to determine the charges, he said.
By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post / firstname.lastname@example.org.