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Car crash turns into kidnapping/assault

Staff Report

A minor fender bender in Tallassee was anything but minor. The nature of a two-vehicle accident on Highway 229 South near Interstate 85 caused minimal damage to the two cars and there were no serious injuries, but the incident got much more serious.

After the collision, one of the drivers, a 68-year-old female, was approached by the person with whom she had the crash on Sunday, Dec. 30 around 6:30 p.m.

According to Tallassee police chief Matthew Higgins, the woman was apprehended by Terrance Cobb, a 20-year-old black male from Notasulga.

"When we arrived on the scene, we located the vehicle identified as one that had been stolen from Victoryland earlier in the night," Higgins stated. "We did not locate a driver. After some more investigation, it was determined that the vehicle had struck another vehicle. The person who had stolen the vehicle took the vehicle he had struck along with the driver of the vehicle.

"After locating the victim later on, it appears the offender had left the scene with the victim and traveled to an unknown location where she was robbed. She later ended up the Torch 85 Truck Stop. We were able to locate the suspect. We obtained three warrants and were able to respond to a location where he was staying in Macon County. He was taken into custody without incident."

Cobb is currently in Elmore County Jail facing charges of robbery in the first degree, kidnapping in the first degree and discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle.

"From what we can gather, he approached the female's vehicle. She refused to unlock the door and he fired a round into the vehicle to gain access. That charge is pending," Higgins added. "We also have other pending charges that will end up being sexual assault charges. He's also looking at pending charges from Shorter and possibly Notasulga in reference to the incident."


The victim, whose name was not released, is recovering in a local area hospital.

"She had some minor injuries from glass and things of that nature," Higgins added. "Due to the sexual assault, we make sure that people get treatment and counseling. Also, she had some health conditions that have her hospitalized because of the stress of the incident."

Higgins thanked the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, Macon County Sheriff's Office and the Notasulga Police Department for their assistance in the case.

"This was a good team effort. I want to commend the detectives and officers of the Tallassee P.D. To be able to not only identify a suspect with what we had initially but to also locate that suspect and apprehend him in less than 12 hours on somebody that was obvioulsly as dangerous as this person, is extraordinary.

"I can't say enough about the officers here and how much I appreciate the hard work that they put in staying throughout the whole night to make sure this person was apprehended and taken off the street."

Higgins' Video Statement

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