Elizabethton man charged with kidnapping, assault

Published 9:21 am Tuesday, January 13, 2015

An Elizabethton man faces charges after he allegedly assaulted a woman and held her against her will inside his home over the weekend.
Officers of the Carter County Sheriff’s Department arrested David Taylor, 44, of Stoney Creek Sunday afternoon and charged him with aggravated domestic assault and aggravated kidnapping.
As officers responded to the call, dispatchers reported the suspect had left the home and was traveling south on Highway 91. CCSD Deputy Jason Mosier spotted the suspect’s car and stopped it. Mosier spoke to the driver and identified him as Taylor. Police then allowed Taylor to drive his vehicle home before transporting him to the house where the 911 call had come from.
“The complainant (name withheld) stated that the assault had occurred Saturday night and that he beat on her throughout the night into early Sunday morning,” Mosier said. “I did observe bruising and swelling on both eyes as well as busted lips, which had dried blood on them. She also had bruising to her neck, arms, back, left side and ankles.”
The woman said Taylor accused her of cheating on him and that is when the assault started. She said Taylor threw her around the home as well as throwing objects at her and dragging her through the home by her hair.
“She also stated that he kicked her multiple times and used his hands to choke her,” Mosier said. “She stated that when she would try to leave the residence he would threaten to kill her and would drag her back inside and continue the assault.”
On Sunday afternoon the woman said she was finally able to leave the home when Taylor was taking a shower. She went to a neighbor’s house, where she called 911.
“When I asked Mr. Taylor what happened, he simply stated that she was drunk and had fallen,” Mosier said.
Taylor was arrested and taken to the Carter County Detention Center where he was later released.

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