On January 19, 2015, the Hendersonville Police Department received a report of a home invasion at 226 Campus Drive. The caller stated that two male suspects wearing dark clothes and a ski mask had forced their way into the residence. Both victims suffered minor injuries.
On January 19, 2015, Andrew K. Scruggs, age 38, of Hendersonville, Tennessee was arrested.
The investigation continued and on March 2, 2015, Detective Bachman and members of H.P.D. arrested the second suspect in this case identified as Matthew J. Mertens, age 28, of Hendersonville, Tennessee. He was charged with:
One count of especially aggravated Burglary, Two counts of especially aggravated kidnapping, Two counts of aggravated assault, One count of theft over one thousand dollars, One count of theft over five hundred dollars, and One count of vandalism over five hundred dollars.
He was transported to the Sumner County Jail where his bond was set at one hundred thousand dollars and his General Sessions Court date was set for March 25, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. A photograph is attached to this release.
Anyone with information on this crime or any other crime is encouraged to call the Hendersonville Police at 615-822-1111 or the Hendersonville Crime Stoppers at 615-573-5400. Tips may also be submitted anonymously by text to the number 274637 (crimes) using keyword TIPHPD.
Matthew J. Mertens