Upper East Tennessee man accused of using ax, knife to kidnap wife

SULLIVAN, COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) -- A Sullivan County man is charged with aggravated kidnapping and assault after deputies say he used an ax to kidnap his wife.

Deputies arrested Mark Hutson Sunday afternoon after they received a call about a disturbance at a home on Mill Creek Road.

Witnesses told deputies Hutson had been drinking and acting recklessly most of the day when he began throwing rocks at his wife's car on Highway 93. Janie Hutson told deputies she drove away and left him on the side of the road.

The family then told deputies Hutson went to the Mill Creek Road home of Jeffery Bledsoe and Elizabeth Hill where he is accused of breaking into the house. Hill is Janie Hutson's daughter. When the family arrived at the house, they told deputies Hutson threatened them with an ax and began breaking windows out of a car. Janie Hutson then said her husband forced her into the car at knifepoint and made her drive away with him.

Deputies later found the couple driving on Poplar Grove Road and arrested Mark Hutson.

He's charged with Aggravated Kidnapping, 3 counts of Aggravated Assault, two counts of Felony Reckless Endangerment, Aggravated Burglary, and Theft under $500. He's at the Sullivan County Jail on a $78,750 bond.

(Information provided by TriCities.com.)

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