Athens man accused of kidnapping, assaulting woman

Athens man accused of kidnapping, assaulting woman

Graylon Ervin (source: McMinn County Justice Center) Graylon Ervin (source: McMinn County Justice Center)
ATHENS (WATE) - A McMinn County man was arrested Friday, accused of breaking into a woman's apartment, kidnapping her, assaulting and threatening her if she told police.

Graylon Scott Ervin, 32, is charged with kidnapping and aggravated burglary.

Athens police say they were called to Starr Regional Medical Center Thursday about a woman who was claiming she had been kidnapped and assaulted and that a man was causing a disturbance in the emergency room trying to get to her.

The woman told police her story began on Saturday, May 24. She had been staying at a friend's apartment on Knoxville Avenue in Athens. According to the victim, the friend had just left the apartment when Ervin broke in, using a plastic card to unlock the door.

The victim told police Ervin dragged her from bed by her hair, struck her in the face with a closed fist, and forced her into his Jeep Cherokee which was parked at the nearby Woodward Avenue Church.

The woman said Ervin then drove her to the Rice Inn in Riceville and held her there until the following day when Ervin returned her to the apartment on Knoxville Avenue. The woman said Ervin would kill her if she called police, and she felt reasonably sure he would carry out that threat.

The woman then said on Thursday, May 29, she arrived at McMinn County Courthouse for an unrelated court appearance when she was approached by Ervin. She said Ervin forced her to walk through the lower hallway of the courthouse, exit the building, and enter his Jeep. She said he then beat her with a closed fist and a metal belt buckle, again threatening to kill her if she told police.

He then returned her to the courthouse and watched her to keep her from telling anyone about the incident.

After her court appearance, the woman said Ervin forced her into his Jeep again and would not allow her to leave. She eventually convinced Ervin that she needed medical attention, but that she would tell doctors a TV had fallen on her.

At Starr Medical Center, she was placed in a room away from Ervin where she was able to share her story. Ervin had already left by the time police arrived.

Athens police were called back to the apartment on Knoxville Avenue Friday morning around 8 a.m. on a report that Ervin was at the apartment again and was trying to flee.

Ervin was found walking away from the apartment. Police took him into custody.

Ervin claimed he was walking from Ridgetop Apartments to Hammerhill Road, trying to find a ride. He was unable to provide an explanation when police told him his Jeep was found at Woodward Avenue Church.

Ervin was taken to the McMinn County Justice Center.
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