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Two charged with kidnapping, robbery, assault

John Thompson • May 1, 2020 at 8:18 AM

ELIZABETHTON — Two Carter County men were arrested by the Carter County Sheriff’s Department on Tuesday and arraigned in Sessions Court on Wednesday on robbery, assault and kidnapping charges.

Cody Joshua Madden, 29, was charged with aggravated assault, aggravated robbery and aggravated kidnapping. Brandon Lee Blackwell was charged with aggravated assault, aggravated kidnapping, robbery with a firearm and maintaining a dwelling where narcotics were sold.

The charges stem from an incident alleged to have taken place during Monday evening and Tuesday morning. Deputies responded to a 911 call to a Bob Little Road residence. Deputies spoke to the parents of a man they said had been dropped off at the residence at 10:40 a.m. by two men in a maroon Nissan, with trash bags taped over some of the windows.

The man told deputies he had been picked up in that vehicle on Monday night while he had been walking on U.S. Highway 321 and Dennis Cove Road in Hampton after visiting some friends.

The man said they drove him to Madden’s residence on U.S. Highway 321. When he attempted to leave a short time later, he said Madden prevented him from leaving and then struck him several times on the head and in the face with his fist. He said Madden took his phone and his shoes.

The man told deputies that in addition to being assaulted by Madden and Blackwell, he was also sprayed with a household cleaner that he believed contained bleach.

In an effort to end the assault, the man said he told Madden and Blackwell he would give them cash and prescription medication he had at his residence on Bob Little Road if they took him there.

They then drove to the Bob Little Road residence, where the man was left. Moments later, 911 was called and deputies responded. Within 20 minutes, deputies had located a maroon Nissan with trash bags over the windows and taken Blackwell and Madden into custody.

During their arraignment on Wednesday, Judge Keith Bowers Jr. appointed the public defender to handle Madden’s case and appointed Caleb McDaniel to defend Blackwell. The next court appearance for both men is May 4.

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