Tennessee man faces hijacking, armed robbery, assault charges in Commerce

Myles Key

A Tennessee man remained in the Jackson County Detention Center without bond on Thursday following his arrest on Dec. 29 for an armed robbery and kidnapping in Commerce.

 

Myles Weston Key, 28, of Bristol, Tenn., is charged with hijacking a motor vehicle, kidnapping, two counts of armed robbery and three counts of aggravated assault.

Commerce police declined to release information on why Key was charged with the crimes, except to say police were dispatched “to the Northridge Wellness Center in reference to an armed robbery.”

When police were dispatched shortly after 1 a.m. Dec. 29, a Jackson County sheriff’s deputy also responded and he was told the robbery and kidnapping occurred at a house on Ridgeway Road. That street intersects with Hospital Road, where the wellness center is located.

Victims told police that a man dressed in black approached the window of their vehicle on Ridgeway Road and ordered two men to exit, but kept one person in the vehicle, according to the report. The robber ordered them to leave, so they went to the wellness center and called 911, according to the report.

These two victims told authorities that the vehicle with the suspect then drove to the wellness center, where they saw their friend was being held at gunpoint. The robber then demanded a cell phone, which he was given, then the robber and his victim left in the direction of Commerce, according to the sheriff’s report.

The circumstances of how Key was arrested was not released. The report did not cite if anyone was injured during the alleged kidnapping, but Commerce police classified the crime as a “stranger to stranger” offense.

A spokeswoman for the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office in Tennessee said Key had only been arrested in that county for some misdemeanor offenses in 2009.

 

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