A manhunt is underway in Cumberland County after a man, George Edwin Hardin, kidnapped a woman from her home in Cumberland County on Sunday afternoon. She was later found safe.
Officers from the Crossville Police Department responded to Elite Market at 4050 127 North Sunday at 3:44 p.m. where they were told a man with shaggy grey hair was holding a gun on a woman in a car.
When officers arrived they discovered the victim had left her purse with another individual at the store. They were able to obtain the description of the man with the gun and the identity of the woman who was taken from her home.
Cumberland County deputies and investigators went to the victim’s home to conduct an investigation for additional information. A Be On the Look Out bulletin was issued by Crossville / Cumberland County Central Communications with information that was available to law enforcement.
Clay County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a store in Celina, Tn., that a female was at Obed River Market screaming and the male she was with had a gun. The man was identified as George Edwin Hardin, 57, of Sharon Circle, Crossville. Hardin was out on parole for first degree murder, armed robbery and rape.
Officers responded to Obed River Market and located the woman who is now safe.
Clay County deputies pursued the suspect which ended up with a foot pursuit where the suspect eluded capture.
The suspect is still at large Monday morning and considered to be armed and dangerous.
Cumberland County Investigators have signed warrants on Hardin for aggravated assault, aggravated kidnapping, armed dangerous felon, reckless endangerment, and felony possession of a firearm.
Hardin is 5’10” and 207 pounds. He was last seen wearing a teal shirt possibly polo style, blue jeans, and tennis shoes. He is armed and dangerous. He evaded deputies and ran into the woods in the area of Chad Grace Road and Estis Sims Road on the west end of Clay County. The public is advised if they see him, do not approach him, call 911 immediately.
Multiple federal, state and local agencies are involved in the manhunt which is still underway in Clay County and citizens in those areas should expect a large police presence as well as helicopter patrol.