When a Shelby Cab driver went to Buffalo Valley Road to pick up a fare on Friday evening, April 5, he was alarmed to see that the man got into the cab armed with a sawed-off shotgun.
The man, identified as Kenneth Warren Carter, 56, also had two beers with him and when the cab driver asked him to leave the shotgun at home, he allegedly pointed the gun at the driver and said, “No, you will take me where the f*** I want to go,” says a report by Cookeville Police Officer Anthony Nash.
Carter then allegedly ordered the driver to take him to Willow Park Apartments “to look for someone” and he had the gun pointed at the driver on the way there, the report says.
Once at the Willow Park Apartments, Carter asked someone there if he knew where a certain man and woman were staying, and when told that the man was not allowed on the property, Carter “got angry and cursed at him,” the report says.
As Carter talked to that bystander, the cab driver was trying to give a signal with his hand to let the man know that Carter had a gun, but the witness later told police he did not actually see the gun.
After Carter ordered the cab driver to drive around through the complex parking lot, the witness called police about the incident.
After the driver circled through the parking lot a few times, Carter told him to take him back home. On the way there, Carter allegedly, “loaded two shotgun shells into the gun,” the report says.
Once back at Carter’s residence, the cab driver noticed a car parked in Carter’s driveway and Carter allegedly ordered the cab driver to block that vehicle in and threatened the life of the driver when he refused to do that, the report says. Carter got out of the cab, walked up to the car, and pointed the shotgun at the passenger window “and started arguing with whoever was in the vehicle,” the report says. By this time, Officer Nash and Sgt. Jon Giezentanner were looking for Carter, and they soon found him sitting just outside his basement door “with a sawed-off shotgun within reach on a table,” the report says.
Carter was arrested and taken to Putnam County Jail. He is charged with aggravated assault and aggravated kidnapping of the cab driver for threatening the cab driver and taking the driver “hostage at gunpoint and forcing him against his will to take him where he wanted to go,” warrants say.
Carter is also charged with unlawful possession of a weapon because he is already on probation for felony possession of a weapon. His bond was set at $25,000.