In early March the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department investigated a reported assault and kidnapping on New Clear Branch Road in the Rocky Top/Clinton area. In late March they got their man.

Deputies with the ACSO arrested 34 year old Matthew Swatzell in connection with the case. It involves a female who escaped from a home on New Clear Branch Road. According to the report the victim was covered in bruises with one particularly fresh one on her head. The victim was also in fear of retaliation if she snitched on her attacker.

The deputy finally got her to talk with the promise of protection. The victim went on to describe how she was beaten and how her life was threatened at knife point on Friday. She stated that her life was threatened and that her alleged captor told her he could take her to Colorado and have her killed for the sum of $500. Her alleged captor also broke her cell phone on Saturday when she tried to call someone to come get her. The alleged captors mother gave the victim a sleeping pill and she escaped when they thought she was asleep.

Swatzell is being held in the Anderson County Jail on charges of vandalism, aggravated assault, aggravated kidnapping, preventing a person from placing an emergency call, and parole violation.