Brentwood residents say police were slow in alerting to manhunt - WKRN News 2

Brentwood residents say police were slow in alerting to manhunt

Posted: Updated: April 22, 2013 06:46 PM
Dr. Rachael Maidens Dr. Rachael Maidens
Randolph Maidens Randolph Maidens
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. -

Residents in a gated community in Brentwood said that they were never notified by police that a search was underway for an armed and dangerous man, suspected of killing his wife.

Randolph Maidens is accused of killing his wife, Dr. Rachael Maidens, Sunday night before disappearing into the woods.

Police set up a perimeter inside the gates and locked down the area so that residents could not go in or out.

Several residents told Nashville's News 2 that they heard a helicopter, but were never alerted that they could be in danger.

"I didn't find out about it until I turned on the 10 o'clock news last night," said Allan Hardin on Monday afternoon.

Tonia Klein said she found out from a text message sent by a neighbor.

"It was very hard to get information and if this friend in the neighborhood had not alerted me that this was going on, I would have had no idea," Klein explained.

According to Brentwood's city manager, a reverse 911 alert was sent to residents in Governors Club who had signed up for the service and who had a land line phone.

Governors Club security sent out e-mails while some residents got a knock on the door from a police officer.

On the other hand, during last week's manhunt for the Boston Marathon bomber, Boston Police continually updated a twitter account, alerting followers of when an area would be searched and when the suspect was caught.

Brentwood has a city twitter account, but the last post was about a recycling event next week.

The police department's Facebook page was last updated April 8, announcing a 911 education challenge.

No one from the police department would go on camera with Nashville's News 2, but one officer said their small department of 57 commissioned officers does their best in situations like the one Sunday night.

A city spokesperson said they have yet to embrace social media, but may review how it is being used.

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