Police arrest man found hiding in closet

Bradford Hills subdivision, south Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Police have arrested the man they believe to be the suspect found hiding in a kid’s closet last week.

James Towry
James Towry was found hiding in a family’s closet in their south Nashville home in March 2012.

On March 22, 2012, a mother was watching TV in her Bradford Hills home in south Nashville, when she heard the door to her 7 and 9-year-old’s room open. When she went to inspect, her kids were asleep, but a strange man was peeking through the closet door. She screamed and he ran off.

Police believe that man is 30-year-old James Towry of Brentwood.

His criminal history is long, according to police. He was convicted of stalking and telephone harassment in 2001, that same year he was convicted of trespassing and assault after being arrested in the restroom of a women’s dorm at MTSU.  And then in 2006 he was convicted of criminally negligent homicide.

“This was a very, very, very, disturbing case,” Metro police Commander Michael Alexander said. “To realize that someone is actually in the home and in the bedroom where children are safe and sound and sleeping.”

Towry is charged with aggravated burglary.

“The family seems very relieved, was very appreciative of everyone’s effort regarding the case. I’m quite confident tonight they’ll be able to sleep more at peace,” says Alexander.

Police say while the incident was frightening for the family, the mother and her children were not hurt.

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