At the time, the couple did not know that the motive force, Dangelo Dorsey, 29, had simply dedicated a sequence of lethal crimes close by, authorities mentioned.
Dorsey had opened fireplace inside a shifting automobile, killing one individual and wounding one other, earlier than leaping out of the automotive as site visitors slowed down, mentioned David Rausch, director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. While trying to carjack a unique automobile, he had allegedly shot a girl within the hand then exchanged phrases with a truck driver earlier than capturing him within the face.
The Stevens have been unaware. They pulled over after he rammed into their automotive, and their hours-long nightmare started.
“They stopped, believing it to be a fender-bender, and — at that point — Dorsey took them hostage at gunpoint,” the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation mentioned.
By the time the ordeal ended later that afternoon, Jordan Stevens, 23, was lifeless together with Darcey Johnson, 28, the person within the preliminary shifting automotive. Four others have been injured, together with Aileen Stevens.
Suspect compelled them to drive to their home
Aileen Stevens, 23, is a kindergarten trainer and is 4 months pregnant with their first youngster — a daughter. Her husband was working arduous at his development job to supply for his rising household, mentioned her brother, Eliezer Rostran.
The highschool sweethearts would go to church collectively, then spend time with household afterward. Aileen Stevens’ mom attends the identical church and bought anxious when she did not see them that morning. “That’s how she knew something was wrong,” Rostran mentioned.
After Dorsey took the couple hostage, he compelled them to drive to their dwelling in Morrison, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation mentioned. While there, he allegedly stole two of their weapons, swapped automobiles right into a Toyota RAV4 and compelled them into the automobile with him. Morrison is about 80 miles southeast of Nashville.
At some level, he took the couple to a location within the close by McMinnville space and fatally shot Jordan Stevens in entrance of his spouse, authorities mentioned. Then he compelled Aileen Stevens again into the SUV and returned to the interstate, the TBI mentioned.
Jordan Stevens’ physique was later recovered alongside Interstate 24 westbound, close to Exit 111-B, Rausch mentioned in a press release.
Law enforcement from a number of companies have been working to seek out the SUV, and situated it shortly after 3:30 p.m., resulting in a pursuit that reached speeds of over 100 mph. The SUV crashed and flipped 15 minutes later, authorities mentioned.
“At that point, Dorsey took his own life. The female hostage was safely recovered,” Rausch mentioned.
Couple prayed for him throughout ordeal, brother says
During the lengthy and terrifying ordeal, the couple prayed for the suspect whereas within the automobile, Rostran mentioned.
“He was going to release them, he asked, ‘Would you pray for me?’ They prayed, Jordan prayed … Some people don’t care about God, but God is good, and is always faithful,” Rostran mentioned.
After spending a couple of days within the hospital, Aileen Stevens is now at dwelling recuperating surrounded by her household. She’s heartbroken however is attempting to remain robust for her child. The random act of violence modified their lives endlessly, her brother mentioned, however they’re centered on her therapeutic.
She’s holding on to her religion, her household mentioned, and particularly the Bible verse Romans 8:28. It says: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
“We want everyone to know that my sister does not hate the actions of the subject. She doesn’t hate the family either. She prays for mercy and loving kindness for all families involved,” Rostran mentioned.
Investigators are working to find out a motive
The suspect knew the victims within the preliminary incident that concerned the shifting automobile, TBI spokesman Josh DeVine mentioned, however didn’t present additional info. The different targets seem like random.
Authorities are attempting to collect info and proof in what they referred to as an extended and sophisticated investigation. They’re asking anybody with footage, video or particulars on the case to achieve out.
“We are working to determine a motive, along with a thorough understanding of the facts of the case, which — in turn — will be submitted to the District Attorney General who requested our involvement for further review,” DeVine mentioned.
The folks injured within the rampage are anticipated to get well, he mentioned.