Police arrest suspect in attack at Forks of the River Wildlife Management Area

Crime and Courts

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Knoxville Police have apprehended a man wanted for allegedly assaulting a woman at Forks of the River Wildlife Management Area on Sunday afternoon.

Michael James Ward, 47, was wanted on charges of aggravated robbery and aggravated kidnapping. Knoxville Police confirmed he had been taken into custody just after 9 a.m.

Ward allegedly grabbed a 30-year-old woman who was walking her dog on the trails and tried to drag her into the woods and punched her multiple times. She suffered significant injuries to her head and face before she was able to fight back and Ward fled into the woods towards the river when two citizens came to the woman’s aid. During the attack, Ward was able to steal the victim’s phone.

Ward is around 5’8″ and 165 pounds with blue eyes, brown hair, and numerous tattoos.

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