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Default WF's brutal assault by colored boy illustrates constant fight against crime in Rutherford County, TN


Woman's brutal assault illustrates constant fight against crime in Rutherford County

Updated: Mar 14, 2019 05:52 AM CDT

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) - Cities in Rutherford County are pushing to be proactive to deal with potential crime surges.

In February, a woman said she 'came to' bleeding from her head, with somebody holding onto her. She was hit by car during an attempted carjacking.

“I had nine staples in my head,” says the woman, who asked to remain anonymous.

She was in her office parking lot when attacked, nearly carjacked, but eventually run over by the suspect's car which drove through a field to get away.

"When they saw my vehicle and me in it, they thought I was an easy mark," she says.

A month later and she is still recovering. Major surgery left a deep incision and the need for a wheelchair stripped this assault victim of her independence.

“This has made me very dependent, so that's a really hard thing for me," says the victim. “His partner came in his car and ran me over."

Ryan Craddock was arrested by Smyrna police and charged with attempted carjacking.

1 arrested, 1 wanted in Smyrna carjacking incident


SMYRNA, Tenn. (WKRN) - A woman is recovering from serious injuries after a man tried to steal her car and then hit her with it on Tuesday in Smyrna.

According to officials with Smyrna Police, the incident happened when the woman was eating lunch in her car outside the company where she worked, Well Mat Company on Industrial Boulevard, around 1:30 p.m.

Police say the suspect, 18-year-old Ryan Austin Craddock, of Nashville, approached the woman's vehicle in an attempt to steal the car.

"This guy showed up in my window, wearing a mask over his nose and his lower face and he said get out of your car. I said you've got to be kidding me like this isn't funny get away from me," said the victim, who wishes to remain anonymous.

The woman's co-workers inside the building witnessed what was going on and tried to assist her. The bystanders made contact with the suspect, physically restraining him until police could arrive.

That's when a second suspect used another vehicle to assault the people restraining Craddock. The female victim was hit by the other vehicle and seriously injured before the second suspect fled the scene.

"The car came kind of straight at me and ran me over," she explained. "Somebody told me I was probably unconscious for 4-5 minutes. I don't know, but the police were there when I came to."
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