Crossville kidnapping suspect captured

Cumberland County Sheriff's Office said they are searching for George Edwin Hardin after he allegedly kidnapped a woman at gunpoint. Investigators believe he is armed and dangerous. Anyone who sees him should call 911 immediately. (Cumberland County Sheriff)
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CROSSVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A Crossville man, identified as George Edwin Hardin, wanted for holding a woman at gunpoint in a car has been captured without incident in Clay County on May 27, according to a release from the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office.

Last week, investigators said they were searching for a kidnapping suspect after officers were called to Elite Market at 4050 127 North on reports of a man holding a woman at gunpoint in a car.

According to CCSO, when officers from Crossville Police arrived at the scene just before 4 p.m. on Sunday, they discovered the woman had left her purse with someone at Elite Market.

Investigators said they learned the woman was taken from her home in Cumberland County.

Clay County Sheriff's Office was called to Obed Rive Market in Celina after reports of a woman screaming and a man with a gun. The man was identified as Hardin, 57 of Crossville.

Officers who responded to the Obed River Market were able to locate the woman. They said she is now safe. Clay County deputies pursued Hardin on foot, but he was able to escape.

Investigators said Hardin was out on parole after being charged with First Degree Murder, Armed Robbery and Rape.

Cumberland County Investigators signed warrants on Hardin for Aggravated Assault, Aggravated Kidnapping, Armed Dangerous Felon, Reckless Endangerment, Felony Possession of a firearm. However, on Monday, they had not said what additional charges he will potentially face.

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