Brandon Thornton charged with kidnapping after dragging girlfriend into car during altercation

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36-year-old Brandon Joe Thornton had a domestic altercation with his girlfriend, Morgan Beavers, near the Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital around 11:56 a.m. on April 21st. Officers initiated a call for service after observing a woman being dragged into a car, which Kate Melby, an employee at the District Attorney’s Office, also witnessed. Thornton also called the police regarding the incident. When officers arrived, they spoke with Beavers, who told them she was in the passenger seat while Thornton drove her car. Beavers stated that he started to behave erratically and began punching her in the leg. She said she waited for Thornton to slow the vehicle down and then jumped out, fearing for her safety. Then, Beavers said he exited the car, wrapped his arms around her, and dragged her back into the car, leaving a friction burn on her buttocks. After this, Thornton drove her to the Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital. Thornton told officers that Beavers struck him in the face. Despite this, officers observed no visible injuries on Thornton. Thornton added that Beavers was intoxicated and jumped out of a moving vehicle, so he picked her up and forced her back into the car for her safety. Thornton was taken into custody for kidnapping and domestic assault.

Brandon Thornton (MNPD)
Brandon Thornton (MNPD)

Brandon Joe Thornton of Upper Elkton Road in Elkmont, AL, was booked into the Metro Nashville Jail on April 21st, charged with kidnapping and domestic assault. He is free on a $5,000 bond.

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