Baxter held in jail here after arrest in Shelbyville

Friday, October 17, 2014

TBI Press Release

NASHVILLE -- Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation served an arrest warrant on a Culleoka man Tuesday, charging him with the aggravated kidnapping and aggravated assault of his former girlfriend.

On the morning of Oct. 14, at the request of 17th District Attorney General Robert Carter and the Marshall County Sheriff's Office, TBI agents began investigating a report of a kidnapping at 1009 Mill Town Road in Lewisburg. During the course of the investigation, agents determined that Paul Brent Baxter went to that address and abducted his former girlfriend, 35-year old Emma Christina Rowe, at knifepoint. The victim had an active order of protection preventing Baxter, 44, from contacting her. Baxter also allegedly assaulted the homeowner, James Griggs. Later in the day, agents learned that Baxter was at an apartment at 609 Landers Street in Shelbyville, and that he was possibly holding Rowe there.

That afternoon, TBI agents, working alongside deputies from the Bedford County and Marshall County Sheriffs' Departments, arrested Baxter at the apartment complex without incident. Rowe was transported from the apartment to Heritage Medical Center for treatment. Baxter was booked in the Marshall County Jail where TBI agents questioned him Tuesday afternoon.

According to the Jailtracker website, Baxter is charged with aggravated assault, aggravated sexual battery, violation of an order of protection, and theft under $500. His bond is listed at $30,000. The space for his court date was blank when the Tribune went to press.