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Charges added in abduction case

Posted on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 8:13 am

Additional charges have been filed against Billy Joe Nelson in the New Years Day incident in Manchester. In addition to carjacking, he has been charged with robbery, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated assault and aggravated sexual battery. Bond is set at $1.2 million.

This updates a story posted on Jan. 3.

Manchester police made an arrest Wednesday in the abduction of a Tullahoma woman that allegedly took place early New Year’s Day.

Billy Nelson

Investigators arrested Billy Joe Nelson, 31, of 1209 East Lauderdale St., Tullahoma, on a charge of carjacking in connection with the abduction. Authorities are continuing to work on the case and say they expect additional charges to be filed.

According to Billy Butler, Manchester Police Department chief investigator, the woman, whose identity was not released, was abducted around 1 a.m. Tuesday from outside an abandoned business on the Hillsboro Boulevard in Manchester. She was then forced to drive her car to another area of Coffee County and was assaulted by her abductor.

Nelson had a court appearance Thursday, but he did not have to appear as Tullahoma attorney Eric Burch informed General Sessions Judge Jere Ledsinger that he had beenretained to represent Nelson.

Nelson is being held in the Coffee County Jail under $250,000 bond.

Assistant District Attorney Jason Ponder is prosecuting the case.

According to a report by Tullahoma Officer Sam Campbell, police were advised by the Coffee County Communications Center that the woman had made a 911 call from South Washington Street in Tullahoma.

After searching the area, police were notified by the communications center that a second call had been received from the woman who stated that she had gotten away from her abductor in the vicinity of Dossett Apartments.

Before Campbell could get to the apartment complex the communications center notified officers that the victim was at the railroad tracks on East Grundy Street. Officer Justin Bryant then met the victim and she was transported to Harton Regional Medical Center for treatment of her injuries.

The victim told officers that once she and her abductor arrived in Tullahoma, he made her stop at an ATM where he attempted to use her ATM card, but became “nervous due to passing motorists,” according to the police report.

The man allegedly took the victim’s jewelry, cash, gift cards, driver’s license and credit cards.

Also according to the police report, at Dossett Apartments Nelson allegedly ordered the woman to stay in the vehicle while he entered an apartment and that he would return in 10 minutes.  The woman told officers Campbell and Bryant that she then drove her car away toward the railroad tracks.

Investigator Harry Conway was notified and assisted Manchester police in the case.

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