Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

November 15, 2012

Victim dragged by car trying to protect $13,000 cash

By Michael R. Moser

CROSSVILLE — A Cumberland County man who recently received a $13,000 traffic crash settlement told investigators he was robbed of his money when it was grabbed out of his hand, according to police reports.

Michael Lynn Vaughn, 46, of Breckenridge Dr., told investigators Sunday that, shortly before 4 p.m., he was at a Rock Quarry Rd. address when the incident occurred.

Vaughn told Deputy Sgt. Butch LeFebvre that four persons — two with whom he is acquainted — approached him in a vehicle and asked to borrow $10. One of the suspects, a Pleasant Hill area woman, was aware that Vaughn had received the settlement money.

The victim told police he had just under $13,000, after having paid some bills, in an envelope that he produced when he was asked for the $10 loan. One of the four then asked Vaughn if he wanted to purchase some drugs. At that point, one of the persons grabbed the envelope and the driver of the car tried to drive away.

The victim told investigators that he held onto the envelope containing his cash as the vehicle accelerated away. After being dragged down the road, one of the occupants struck the victim in the head with the butt of a shotgun, causing him to release his grip on the cash.

An ambulance was dispatched to the scene and treated Vaughn, who refused transport to Cumberland Medical Center.

Sheriff's investigator Scott Griffin was dispatched to the scene and investigation into the incident is continuing.