Giles County man held relatives at gunpoint to steal money

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GILES COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – A 24-year-old man has been arrested after police say he broke into a family member’s home in Giles County trying to steal money.

The Giles County Sheriff’s Department says Jesus Ariel Gonzalez broke into the back door of his sister-in-law’s home on Dawn Drive the night of May 29. He reportedly entered the home with a shirt tied around his head to try and hide his identity.

Once inside, Gonzalez held the family at gunpoint, zip tied their hands and demanded money.

“He woke the victim, one of the victims, up by shaking her feet,” Investigator Ryan Hampton said. “It wasn’t until he took his cell phone and shined it on her face in the living room and she’d seen the background picture on his phone was his children.”

Hampton said until that point the victim didn’t know she was being terrorized by her brother-in-law.

“He told me he was desperate. His wife had left him. And he really needed the money. He knew that they had money,” Hampton said.

One of the family members in another room heard the talk of guns and called 911, according to investigators.

“I’ve not seen something this close and this intense. Him being so closely related to her and not having any criminal history,” Hampton said.

Authorities charges Gonzalez with six counts of aggravated kidnapping, six counts of aggravated assault, four counts of domestic assault and aggravated burglary.

Hampton said Gonzalez could face more charges after drugs and paraphernalia were found in the 24-year-old’s Hummer when police arrived on scene. Lab results are pending to show what type of narcotics were in Gonzalez’s possession.

Gonzalez is scheduled to appear in court June 10.

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Officers with the Pulaski Police Department helped sheriff’s deputies arrest Gonzalez and Sheriff Kyle Helton would like to thank all officers involved.

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