Knoxville man accused of abducting wife

Knoxville man accused of abducting wife

Elgin Matthew Weaver (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office) Elgin Matthew Weaver (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A Knoxville man was arrested in Heiskell Sunday and charged with kidnapping his estranged wife.

Knox County sheriff's investigators say Elgin Matthew Weaver, 33, followed his wife, Jennifer Weaver, 31, Saturday night to the home of a friend. There he allegedly threatened to shoot her if she did not leave with him, then stole her purse.

The next morning Weaver drove to his wife's residence at the Valley Inn Motel on Raccoon Valley Road. After claiming he would give her the purse, investigators say, he grabbed her and pulled her into his car.

As he drove off, Weaver allegedly attempted to run over one of his wife's friends, Tomas Cagle, 32, also of Knoxville.

According to Cagle, Weaver said he was going to harm his wife.

Weaver's wife convinced him that law enforcement officers would be looking for his car, so she agreed to meet him at another location if he took her to her car in Anderson County.

Jennifer Weaver then called Cagle, who as he was being interviewed at that time by Knox County detectives.

Officers located her unharmed.

Weaver was arrested a short time later at the Heiskell Market on Heiskell Road.

He is charged with vehicle burglary, aggravated assault, and kidnapping, and is being held on a total bond amount of $90,000.

Knox County authorities say Weaver has a criminal history that includes aggravated burglary, theft, evading arrest, vandalism, and assault charges.

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