Man charged with kidnapping after Tallassee carjacking incident

Man charged with kidnapping after Tallassee carjacking incident
Terrance Cobb of Notasulga is charged with robbery first degree, kidnapping first degree and discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle.

TALLASSEE, AL (WSFA) - A 20-year-old is facing multiple felony charges including kidnapping after a carjacking incident in Tallassee.

According to Tallassee police, Terrance Cobb of Notasulga is charged with robbery first degree, kidnapping first degree and discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle.

The charges are related to an incident that took place Sunday around 6:30 p.m. on Highway 229. Police say Cobb was driving a stolen car when he crashed into another driver. As the driver of the other vehicle - a 68 year old woman who hasn't been identified - waited for officers to arrive, Cobb walked up to her car and demanded to get inside. When she said no, he turned violent.

“She refused to unlock the door and he fired a round into the vehicle to gain access,” said Chief Matthew Higgins, Tallassee Police.

Family members who were on the phone with the woman could hear the chaotic scene unfold.

"I believe it initiated as, 'I've been in an accident' and was on the phone with them at the time he made entry," said Higgins, "We were getting separate calls from the victim and family members and other witnesses."

Police say Cobb took the woman to an undisclosed location where he robbed and sexually assaulted her. He eventually left her and she was able to drive to the Torch 85 Truck Stop in Macon County and get help.

Cobb was arrested Monday morning at a home less than 10 miles from that truck stop.

Police say the victim is still recovering in the hospital and more federal charges are pending.

Higgins says he’s not sure that Cobb’s motive was robbery, but it may have been a crime of opportunity.

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