Jonesborough police: 17-year-old girl used pepper spray to get away from kidnapper

Becky Campbell • Jan 9, 2012 at 11:50 PM

A Jonesborough teenager fought off an attacker – her ex-boyfriend — with pepper spray and her boot Thursday afternoon, according to Jonesborough police.

Adam Coty Hubbard, 21, 117 A.A Deakins Road, Jonesborough, was charged with aggravated assault, aggravated kidnapping and violation of an order of protection after the incident.

It happened when the victim, who was not identified in court documents, walked from her residence on Cherokee Road to East Jackson Boulevard to confront Hubbard about “ongoing threats of harming the victim’s family.” When the teen got there, she later told police, Hubbard came from around a corner and grabbed her by the arm. She struggled and tried to pull away, but Hubbard then pulled her to him and wrapped his arms around her from behind, according to court records.

As the teen continued to struggle and scream for help, she was able to get a small can of pepper spray out of her pocket and spray Hubbard, she told police. Hubbard let go and the girl ran, but he caught up to her and grabbed her again. The girl sprayed Hubbard a second time and was able to run away again. But Hubbard caught up to her after she had to stop because her boot was coming off.

“While running, her boot started to come off. She stated she stopped running to remove it and was able to strike the offender in the face with it,” according to the court documents. After that, Hubbard stopped chasing the girl, ran to his car and left.

The teen had obtained an order of protection against Hubbard in July from Washington County Sessions Court. That order is valid until July 12. Hubbard was arraigned on the charges in Sessions Court on Monday. Judge Robert Lincoln reduced Hubbard’s original bond of $100,000 to $50,000 and set the case for a preliminary hearing Jan. 17.

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