Cumberland County kidnapping suspect captured in Clay County


CELINA, Tenn. (WKRN) A man wanted for abducting a Cumberland County woman at gunpoint has been captured. 

George Edwin Hardin, 57, was arrested in Clay County Monday. 

Hardin has been the subject of a manhunt since May 20, when he was last seen running into the woods in the area of Chad Grace Road and Estis Sims Road in Clay County. 

Police say Hardin is a convicted killer and rapist and was considered armed and dangerous

Crossville police officers were called to Elite Market, 4050 127 North a week ago Sunday around 3:44 p.m. for a man who was holding a gun on a woman in a car. Officers responded and found that the victim had left her purse with another person in the store.

Police were able to obtain a description of the man with a gun and the woman’s identity and began searching for them.

A short time later, deputies in Clay County got a call from Celina, Tennessee, that a woman was at Obed River Market screaming and that the man she was with had a gun.

The man was identified as George Hardin. He was out on parole for first-degree murder, armed robbery and rape. 

Officers found the woman at Obed River Market, and she is safe, but they said Hardin ran from them and was able to get away.

Hardin was wanted for aggravated assault, aggravated kidnapping, armed dangerous felon, reckless endangerment and felony possession of a firearm.

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