MURFREESBORO – A traffic stop Tuesday night led to the arrest of a Murfreesboro man who is accused of kidnapping and beating a woman over the course of more than two weeks, according to Murfreesboro Police Department records.
Thanath Lont Sayadeth, aka, “Lucky,” was wanted on two outstanding warrants stemming from the allegations reported in March.
On March 25, a 20-year-old woman reported to Officer David Kelch that she was kidnapped, drugged and beaten by several subjects, including a man nicknamed “Lucky,” over several weeks beginning March 8.
“The original incident was a series of gang-related crimes in which the victim was not a random target and was known to the suspects,” said Sgt. Kyle Evans, spokesman for the Murfreesboro Police Department.
He explained the woman was likely a victim of a gang initiation.
The victim said she was kept in different motel rooms in Murfreesboro, handcuffed to a toilet, tasered and had a gun held to her head.
On March 12, she was blindfolded and placed in the trunk of her own car and transported to a house on Center Pointe Drive in Murfreesboro.
She told Kelch she was then placed in a bathtub, had a towel pressed into her face and bleach poured onto the towel. She said she was then drugged, injured by a Taser and beaten by different men and women until she was finally released March 25.
“Since then the subjects have kept tabs on her and used her to get information about their rivals,” Kelch said. He added the victim had injuries consistent with her story.
Since the reported kidnapping, Murfreesboro police have been on the lookout out for the alleged perpetrators.
Detectives Michael Levy and Chris Gann reported Tuesday night they saw a custom-painted motorcycle fitting the description of one owned by the suspected kidnappers.
“I was able to observe the motorcyclist through the front of his helmet and it did appear to be the subject,” Gann reported.
The detectives then conducted a traffic stop and identified Sayadeth.
During the traffic stop, Sayadeth said he had “ice,” also known as methamphetamine in his pocket, Gann said in the report.
The detectives found 15.1 grams of a “crystal-like substance” in a plastic bag in Sayadeth’s pocket during a search. It tested positive for meth, he said. They also found a second bag of the substance, weighing 1.1 grams in another pocket.
The detectives arrested Sayadeth, 41.
Sayadeth was charged with extortion and especially aggravated kidnapping, possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell, simple possession of methamphetamine and criminal simulation.
He was booked into the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center on $575,000 bond. He was later released. Sayadeth is scheduled to appear May 20 in General Sessions Court.
Sayadeth has a previous conviction for selling drugs, according to previous coverage.