Knox County deputies take kidnapping suspect into custody

Knox County deputies take kidnapping suspect into custody

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Stephen Mayes (Source: Blount County Sheriff's Office) Stephen Mayes (Source: Blount County Sheriff's Office)
"Domestic violence is common everywhere. It can be between family members and people that live in the same household who have never had any type of relationship," said Terri Lawrence. "Domestic violence is common everywhere. It can be between family members and people that live in the same household who have never had any type of relationship," said Terri Lawrence.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A man suspected of trying to kidnap his wife was arrested Monday night after nearly a day on the run.

Stephen Mayes, 41, was hiding in the bushes Monday morning at his wife's workplace on Kingston Pike armed with a handgun, according to deputies.

They say he forced his way into his wife's car, drove to Pilot, 701 Campbell Station Road, and tried to force her into the trunk.

Mayes' wife fought back, but Mayes forced her to the ground and tried to strangle her.

She managed to get away and run inside the convenience store to ask for help, while Mayes himself ran away as well.

Officers searched for Mayes for over three hours using a K-9 and a helicopter. The search was called off around 1:30 p.m. when it was believed Mayes had received a ride out of the area.

Mayes later showed up at a Tennova emergency room, and hospital officials called authorities.

Mayes has been charged with especially aggravated kidnapping, carjacking, and aggravated assault for a total bond of $108,000.

Knox County Sheriff's Office officials say this isn't Mayes' first brush with the law.

A report from Blount County shows Mayes was arrested for domestic assault on July 7.

He was released with bail bond restrictions, but the next day he broke into his wife's apartment where he refused to come out when deputies arrived.

He told officers he wanted to kill himself, but later came out of the apartment without incident.

He was taken to Blount Memorial Hospital for a mental evaluation and was later admitted to the V.A. hospital in Murfreesboro.

Knox County Sheriff's Office victim advocate Terri Lawrence says unfortunately domestic violence is occurring all too often.

"Domestic violence is common everywhere. It can be between family members and people that live in the same household who have never had any type of relationship," said Lawrence.

Lawrence says domestic violence can be verbal, emotional, financial, sexual and physical.  Each sign needs to be taken seriously and should be reported to police for documentation of the abuse.

"From saying you're ugly, you're stupid there are different forms of domestic violence that a person can experience those signs can escalate.  People may minimize it but it can escalate to something larger," said Lawrence.

If you are a victim of domestic violence there are several resources available.  The Family Justice Center offers a wide variety of assistance.

"Can find safe places for them to go and can help them get out of a situation, relocate and be anonymous there's all kinds of help," said Lawrence. 

For more information on domestic violence resources available call the Family Justice Center at (865) 215-6820 or (865)521-6336

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