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The three people who were accused of tying up a Niota and cooking pizzas while robbing him have been captured.

Investigators said Charlene Hayes, James Wagner and Jeffrey Mounts were arrested early Wednesday morning in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. The three had been staying in a local motel and were caught driving a stolen truck.

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The elderly Niota man who was tied up and robbed in his home said his attackers took showers and even made a pizza while he lay helpless on the bed.

"They tied me up in my bed and just helped themselves to whatever they wanted," Charles Ridenour Sr. told WRCB in Chattanooga.

Ridenour said he knew the three, and had offered them a ride and a place to stay in his home.

The three suspects are still on the run.



Read more at WRCB.com.

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MCMINN COUNTY, TN (WRCB)Around 9:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 24th, the three suspects Charlene Hayes, James Wagner, and Jeffrey Mounts visited the victim, Charles Ridenour Sr. at his home on County Road 231 in McMinn County.

Mr. Ridenour told deputies a few moments after arriving Wagner grabbed him from behind and wrapped him up with an electrical cord then duct taped his wrists, legs and mouth. He said they threw him on the bed and he laid there while they loaded up items out of his residence then took off in his truck. He told deputies that a machete knife was brandished during the altercation.

After the suspects left, Ridenour was able to escape and went next door to call 911.

Surveillance video shows the suspects stopped at the Kangaroo gas station on Highway 68 in McMinn County before getting on Interstate 75.

The credit card that was stolen from the victim was used in McMinn County and several places in Kentucky. The last known location of the suspects was in Owensboro, Kentucky.

Mounts has ties to Huntington West Virginia.

The three are to be considered armed and extremely dangerous.

The stolen truck is a black 1998 Nissan Frontier with TN Tag S5573K

If you have information on the whereabouts of the suspects please call the McMinn County Sheriff's Office and ask for Detective Blake Witt: 423-745-5620.


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