Knox County man charged with kidnapping, neglect after allegedly holding mother hostage

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KNOX COUNTY, Tenn. (WATE) – A Knox County man has been charged with kidnapping and elderly neglect after allegedly holding his mother hostage and threatening her with a machete.

54-year-old Randy Norton is charged with aggravated elderly neglect and especially aggravated kidnapping after he allegedly held his mother in a room with boarded-up windows and only a five-gallon bucket to use as a restroom.

Police were called to the house on Thursday, Dec. 19 around 2 p.m. for a reported elder abuse incident after the victim’s pastor was told by Norton the two were both sick and would not allow the pastor to speak with her.

The pastor told police she heard the victim yell, “I’m sick. I need to go to the hospital,” several times. They also told police Norton instructed them to deliver the Christmas presents and he would let the victim go.

As the victim’s pastor walked away from the door, they saw the victim walking towards her with her walker yelling, “help me.”

The victim said Norton told her, “I’m gonna let you go. You need to run.”

The victim said she left a neighbor’s residence four days prior to check on her son when Norton would not let her leave the residence. She claimed she was only fed a bowl of soup and half a can of ravioli over the four days.

She told police her son had a list of people he was going to kill after her.

According to court documents, his mother was taken to UT Medical Center after getting away. The hospital staff said she suffered from dehydration.

He is due in court on Thursday, Jan. 30.

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