Half-naked woman claims she escaped from trunk, couple arrested

SEVIER Co., Tenn. (WVLT) -- A half-naked woman ran into a market in Sevier Co. on Sunday, telling the clerk she just escaped from the trunk of a car, according to the Sevier Co. Sheriff's Office.

Authorities said the woman showed up at the Floyd's Market on Chapman Hwy. around 2:00 p.m. on Sunday. She described the vehicle in which she had been tied up to an employee who the called 911.

The victim told Sheriffs Deputies that she had been held against her will at a home on Hawk Lane in Seymour by couple she knew from when she worked at a carnival in Georgia.

She claimed she arrived in Tennessee a few days ago to stay with a co-worker at the home, 1410 Hawk Lane.

The victim said her host, Angelina Christina Payne, and Payne's boyfriend tied her to a bar railing in the home and left her there all night on Saturday. The couple allegedly threatened to kill her over a dispute with Payne's boyfriend, William Daugherty, 225 Kyker Ferry Rd.

The next day, the couple put her in the trunk of the car where the victim said she was able to get her hands free and open the trunk using the emergency trunk release.

Emergency crews took her to Leconte Medical Center where she was treated for minor injuries.

Authorities found Payne and Daugherty at Payne's home that night and arrested both of them without incident. They were charged with Kidnapping and Aggravated Assault.

Payne is being held on $250,000 bond and Daugherty, who also had an outstanding Circuit Court capias for non-support, is being held on a $350,000.00 bond.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Sevier County Sheriffs Office Criminal Investigation Division at 428-1899.


Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to webmaster@wvlt-tv.com. Please provide detailed information.

powered by Disqus

WVLT VOLUNTEER TV

6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 Phone - (865) 450-8888; Fax - (865) 450-8869
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2014 WVLT-TV Inc. - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 120115249