NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Metro police are investigating after a woman and her 13-year-old son were stabbed to death and her 16-year-old daughter was injured at a home in Antioch early Monday morning.
Police said 37-year-old Jermaine Agee entered his estranged girlfriend’s home on Sonoma Trace through a back door around 2 a.m.
Once inside the home, he went into the kitchen where police said he got a butcher type knife and went from bedroom-to-bedroom.
Metro police spokesman Don Aaron said Agee told the victims to sit on the couch and allegedly told them that “someone was going to die.”
Police said while on the couch, Mayra Garcia’s 16-year-old daughter got into a confrontation with Agee. At some point, the mother intervened.
“We think during this time more stab wounds were likely inflicted. The mother ran out of the residence, as did the 16-year-old and an eight-year-old,” Aaron said.
According to police, the teen ran to a friend’s house down the street, where 911 was called.
“The mother ran across the street and wound up on the porch there,” Aaron explained. “The eight-year-old also ran out of the residence and was taken in by a next-door neighbor.”
Upon their arrival, police discovered Garcia’s 13-year-old son Jayden Taylor in his bed with stab wounds.
He was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville where he died. Garcia was also pronounced dead at the hospital. Her 16-year-old daughter, Alexis, remains in critical condition. The eight-year-old child who escaped the home was not harmed.
“The mother is deceased, one of the children is deceased, yet another child is in very critical condition and the eight-year-old, who was forced to witness all this, is old enough to comprehend. We’ve already spoken to her. She’s given us information as to what occurred inside the home. It’s just a horrible, horrible thing,” Aaron said.
He continued, “The neighborhood has been impacted. The folks who knew the family has been impacted. This type of thing should not be happening anywhere. This type of thing should not be happening in Nashville, Tennessee.”
Police said Agee fled the home in Garcia’s Volkswagen Jetta, which was later recovered near the Knights Inn on Bell Road close to Interstate 24.
The Jetta was towed from the scene by Metro police just before 7 a.m.
Before he was taken into custody, employees at the Burger King on Bell Road at Hickory Hollow Parkway told News 2 Agee came into the restaurant around 7:30 a.m. He reportedly changed his clothes in the restaurant’s bathroom and left a bloody fingerprint on a door.
Agee was taken into custody at the Ashley Homestore Outlet across the street from the Burger King around 8:45 a.m. He was found sitting by a trash can.
Police said at the time of his arrest, he was wanted on an outstanding warrant after Garcia filed a complaint that Agee had assaulted her during a domestic argument on Sept. 30.
“She took out an order of protection against him and a domestic assault warrant against him October 1. Where he had been between then and today remains to be determined. Although, we do know from homeless persons in the Hickory Hollow area at the homeless camp, that Agee had been there and frequented it. It’s unknown how he got to the home today,” Aaron said.
Agee was taken to Metro General Hospital for a wound to his hand. He has since been released and is in police custody. He faces two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder.
A motive for the deadly stabbings has not been released.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and, last Saturday, Metro police officers and advocates gathered on the Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge downtown to show support for victims and survivors of domestic violence. Victims of domestic violence can receive assistance through the YWCA’s 24-hour hotline, 1-800-334-4628. The MNPD’s Domestic Violence Division, 615-880-3000, is staffed with detectives and counselors to help end physically abusive relationships. Nashville’s Office of Family Safety, 615-880-1100, also stands ready to assist domestic violence victims.