Break-in, kidnapping bring charges

PINE GROVE – Tippah authorities have charged a man with breaking into a residence, assaulting the homeowner and kidnapping a woman and child before dawn Monday. The situation ended peacefully when a deputy arrested the man at another residence several hours later. Tim Chapman, 40, of CR 547 northeast of Dumas near the Prentiss County line, was being held in the Tippah County Jail on two counts of kidnapping, aggravated assault, breaking and entering an occupied dwelling, grand larceny, and being a felon in possession of a firearm. No bond had been set Tuesday morning, according to county records. County Investigator Jason Willis said Chapman broke into the Jimmy Bullock residence in the Pine Grove area about 4 a.m. Monday, and struck Bullock in the head with a shotgun. Chapman then kidnapped Sandra Thompson and her two-year-old daughter from the residence, leaving in Bullock’s vehicle. Willis termed Thompson as Chapman’s estranged girlfriend. Chapman drove the woman and child around for several hours before stopping at an acquaintance‚Äôs on County Road 529. Thompson then sent another daughter a text message saying where she was, and the daughter then called authorities about 6 a.m. Deputy Kenny Turner was dispatched to the scene and took Chapman into custody without incident. The child was unhurt, Willis said.

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