Union County fugitive caught in Knoxville apartment complex

Union County fugitive caught in Knoxville apartment complex

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Matthew Blackburn (source: Union County Sheriff's Office) Matthew Blackburn (source: Union County Sheriff's Office)
The assault happened at this home in Union County. The assault happened at this home in Union County.
"I ain't going to be as nervous as I have been, and I will be able to sleep good tonight, that's for sure. I won't have to lock my truck up," said victim Mike Murray. "I ain't going to be as nervous as I have been, and I will be able to sleep good tonight, that's for sure. I won't have to lock my truck up," said victim Mike Murray.
Blackburn was taken to the Union County Jail for booking and charged with aggravated assault, aggravated burglary and vandalism. Blackburn was taken to the Union County Jail for booking and charged with aggravated assault, aggravated burglary and vandalism.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The search for a Union County fugitive ended peacefully Friday afternoon after officials caught up with him at a Knoxville apartment complex.

According to the Union County Sheriff's Office, Matthew Blackburn, 25, assaulted Mike Murray at his home on Grizzell Farm Lane in Union County around 10:45 p.m. on May 8 and fled with a 12-gauge shotgun and Murray's red pickup truck.

Deputies, along with Knoxville police and U.S. Marshals, caught up with Blackburn in Knoxville after detectives spotted a truck matching the description of Murray's vehicle.

"I ain't going to be as nervous as I have been, and I will be able to sleep good tonight, that's for sure. I won't have to lock my truck up," said Murray.

The truck was spotted in the parking lot of Town View Towers, just across the street from the Knoxville Police Department headquarters.

Detectives were about to examine the truck to check to see if it may be the reported stolen vehicle when Blackburn was spotted walking towards it.

Once Blackburn reached the truck and was attempting to enter it, he was taken into custody and arrested without incident.

"I just hope that the poor guy will have a good time in jail and prison again, because that's where he's going to be, because I am filing charges against him," Murray concluded.

He was taken to the Union County Jail for booking and charged with aggravated assault, aggravated burglary and vandalism.

6 News Reporter JESSA LEWIS contributed to this report.

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