Man arrested for attempted abduction at Pellissippi State out on bond | UPDATE

Gregory Crenshaw, 19, is charged with aggravated kidnapping and is out of jail on $40,000 bond.

Gregory Crenshaw (Courtesy: Knox County Sheriff's Office)

KNOX COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) - The Knox County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man they believe tried to kidnap a student at gunpoint at Pellissippi State Community College Thursday afternoon.

Gregory Crenshaw, 19, is charged with aggravated kidnapping. He is free after posting $40,000 bond.

Pellissippi State tells us Crenshaw is also a student here at the college.

Officers say he was out on bond for two aggravated burglaries and two felony thefts from February.

He was taken into custody without incident around midnight.

The Knox County Sheriff's Office says after the victim gave them a description of her attacker, they identified Crenshaw on the school's security video.

"He changed clothes right after the incident, and we found the clothes in one of the campus buildings," KCSO spokesman Martha Dooley said.

Even though some students question why he was out - the school acted fast.

Julia Wood, marketing and communications director, says the security office responded quickly, sending out campus-wide notifications.

"This has never happened here before. We're a very safe campus, we have very few incidents of any kind on our campus," she said.

Dooley tells us Crenshaw only spent a few hours in jail before he was released on bond.

He's due back in court on June 27.


Officers are investigating a possible attempted abduction on Pellissippi State's Hardin Valley campus in West Knox County.

The Knox County Sheriff's Office says the woman was walking on the track around the pond at 3:45 when she was stopped by a man who struck up a conversation with her.

They say he showed her a gun in his waistband and grabbed her arm, telling her she was going with him.

She broke free and ran for help as he fled and was not injured.

The suspect is described as a black male with a dark complexion, about 6 foot tall with a thin build and a clean shaven head.

He was wearing gray shorts and a white t-shirt.

Officials say the campus was never put on lockdown.

If you know anything about this, you're asked to call your local police.


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