A Hamblen County man and his girlfriend have been charged with robbery and felony theft in connection with a May 14 forcible auto theft allegedly set up through Facebook Messenger, according to the Morristown Police Department.
Jarred Wesley Brady, 24, Jacobs Road and Jessica Grace Southerland, 25, were taken into custody on Sunday. They remained in the Hamblen County Jail this morning in lieu of $25,000 bond.
Their alleged target was Cory Musick, a 26-year-old Sneedville man, according to MPD Detective Ricky Sanders.
Brady and Southerland arranged to meet Musick at a West Andrew Johnson Highway restaurant. For reasons unexplained, an unknown woman got behind the wheel of 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt and drove them around Morristown until they arrived at the Buffalo Trail Sunoco station, where the encounter allegedly turned violent according to Sanders.
Brady and Southerland allegedly began punching Musick. Brady then drove the vehicle to the Lincoln Manor Apartments where they put Musick out of the car and taunted him.
They allowed Musick back in the vehicle. Brady drove to Thompson Creek Road where he stopped and shoved the alleged robbery victim from his car, according to a warrant.
The car, which is valued at $4,000, was recovered in Jefferson County, according to MPD Deputy Chief Michelle Jones. Hamblen County deputies arrested the couple on Sunday.