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Vehicle Stolen at Gunpoint, Three Arrested

Three suspects were arrested following reports of an armed vehicle theft on King Hill Road.

The incident was reported on February 2, 2017 to the Macon County Sheriffs Department, by a caller that stated Jerry ‘Todd’ Potter held Hector Hernandez at gunpoint and stole his 2005 Dodge Caravan.


Officers arrived on the scene, where the victim stated that Potter demanded his keys and pointed a long gun at him. After Hernandez handed over his keys, Potter and two others left the residence.

With the help of Verizon Wireless in tracking the coordinates of a cell phone, investigators were able to locate the stolen vehicle in Cookeville, Tennessee.

“We notified the Tennessee Highway Patrol and the Putnam County Sheriffs Department,” stated Macon County Sheriff Mark Gammons. “THP Officer Alford Seitner then physically located the vehicle and charged Porter with driving under the influence, fleeing and evading and possession of stolen property.”

A gun fitting the description of the weapon used in the vehicle theft was also found inside the stolen van.

The investigation was turned over to detective Shane Gregory of the Macon County Sheriffs Department who charged 35-year-old Porter, of Red Boiling Springs, with aggravated burglary and theft of property.

The two suspects that accompanied him during the armed vehicle theft were identified as Randy Potter and Angela Pocian. They were each charged with accessory after the fact and held on $40,000 bonds.

The stolen vehicle has been returned to Mr. Hernandez.