Brentwood man charged with wife's death after overnight manhunt
April 22, 2013 04:14 PM
Dr. Rachael Maidens
Randolph Maidens, 42
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. -
Police have charged a man for the shooting death of his wife inside their Brentwood home Sunday evening.
Brentwood Police were called to a home on Governors Way just before 6 p.m. where Dr. Rachael Maidens was found dead. A young child was also found inside the home unharmed.
Police were initially called to the home on a welfare check.
Authorities spent several hours searching for Dr. Maidens' husband, Randolph, after they believed he fled on foot.
A SWAT Team, K9 units and helicopters spent Sunday evening assisting in the search. He was taken into police custody around 6 a.m. Monday when he was discovered walking out of the woods behind his home.
He surrendered to authorities without incident.
"He immediately complied with our orders to get on the ground, he was handcuffed [and] taken into custody without incident," Brentwood Police Chief Jeff Hughes said.
Area residents were put on lockdown for several hours and asked not to leave their homes.
Police began escorting some residents back to their homes shortly before 1 a.m. Monday.
Some Governors Club residents told Nashville's News 2 they were unable to get to their children, pets and much-needed medications in their homes for several hours.
A neighbor said she had a strange encounter with Maidens several weeks prior.
"I saw him about three weeks ago running through the woods behind our house, and he had on a black ski mask and a backpack that looked like a quiver. And it was daytime and he was running through the woods about 15 feet behind our property line and he had two Labradors with him, which I recognized, but I did not recognize him. And he went through the woods and down to the ravine, right past our house and I followed him and he laid down in the ravine and pulled off the ski mask, and I was still watching him."
She continued, "He finally came up at a point where the fence at the Governors Club comes up Governors Way and I said ‘What are you doing?' and he made some kind of statement that made no sense and I said ‘What are you doing?' and he said ‘Well, I was walking my dogs, I got lost.'"
She added, "Which is impossible because the line of the houses is perfectly straight. So I asked him one more time ‘What are you doing?' He said well my wife is a doctor and I live right there."
She remembered, "I told him, ‘Well I recognized your dogs." Since then I've been watching for him, thinking maybe he had some other, ulterior motives.
Dr. Rachael Maidens was an orthodontist who practiced in Brentwood's Maryland Farms Community.
Dr. Maidens graduated from Father Ryan High School and the University of Florida. She practiced in Atlanta before returning to Nashville and establishing RM Orthodontics.
On Monday, flowers and a sign were left at the establishment. One woman told Nashville's News 2 three of her children were patients of Dr. Maidens.
She added that she stopped by the office to say a prayer after learning of the devastating news.
Dr. Maidens leaves behind a young daughter.
Williamson County Director of Schools, Dr. Mike Looney tweeted Monday morning, "Today will be a normal school day. We will have extra resources deployed as needed in schools closely situated to the search area."
Williamson County Schools tweeted that they'd been in contact with authorities all night and that the suspect had no connection with Williamson County Schools.
Randolph Maidens is charged with criminal homicide and remains jailed on a $2.5 million bond.