Tennessee Authorities Find Kidnapping Suspect

LINCOLN COUNTY, Tenn. (WHNT) – Lincoln County Sheriff Murray Blackwelder says authorities captured and arrested Scotty Bolin in Clarksville, Tennessee early Tuesday morning.

Investigators in Lincoln County said they alerted authorities in Clarksville to Bolin’s whereabouts shortly after midnight after a dispatcher received a tip via Facebook that the kidnapping suspect had checked in to a local hospital.

“She [dispatcher] got on Facebook and looked Mr. Bolin up, and he had sent something to one of his friends that he was checking into the hospital,” said Lincoln County Sheriff’s Investigator Sgt. James Owen. “I spoke to the victim and she is very happy.”

Sheriff Blackwelder said deputies brought Bolin back to Lincoln County and booked him into jail hours later.

Investigators from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office accuse Bolin of trying to kidnap a realtor in the Park City Area on Saturday. Deputies say Bolin held the realtor at knife-point and demanded money.  Investigators say Bolin tried to force the realtor into his car, but the victim jumped out of the vehicle.  They say Bolin then drove off.

Bolin previously plead guilty to a string of robberies in Madison County in 1998. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison, but was paroled in 2009. A victim in one of those robberies who did not wish to be identified told WHNT News 19 that the early release was a mistake.

“That man should not have been let out,” said the woman, who worked at a Hazel Green convenient store robbed by Bolin. “I was not even aware he was out of prison until yesterday.”

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