Smyrna man faces 15 charges after assaulting parents

Smyrna man faces 15 charges after assaulting parents (Image 1)

A Smyrna man was arrested and is facing 15 charges after allegedly firing his father’s gun, assaulting his parents, stealing his mother’s car and fleeing from the scene.

Asa Gilbert, 30, fled from Murfreesboro police after they said he stole his father’s gun and vehicle and assaulted him. His mother, Joyce Gilbert, says it happened on Saturday night inside her home on Chicken Pike.

Police say they spotted Gilbert around 4 a.m. Monday morning driving the stolen vehicle with passengers inside.

Murfreesboro police, along with five Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Sgt. Chris Owens, began pursuing him on 11 felony warrants and five misdemeanor warrants.

“Mr. Gilbert was considered armed and extremely dangerous,” Sgt. Owens said.

Spike strips were deployed on Northwest Broad Street near Monte Hale Drive, about four miles from Middle Tennessee State University, and Gilbert was taken into custody.

He was booked into the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center.

Gilbert was charged with three counts of aggravated assault, four counts of evading arrest with a motor vehicle, two counts of theft, four counts of driving on a revoked license, two counts of violation of probation and failure to appear in court on a drug charge.

He is being held for Smyrna police.

“I love my son, but it’s terrible that I have to sit here and say my son is in a better place because he’s in jail,” said Joyce Gilbert. “To a mother it is heartbreaking,” she continued.

Joyce Gilbert said her son assaulted her husband after he showed up to her home in Smyrna and demanded cash from her husband. When he refused she says he fired a shot at him and almost hit him.

“He ran out of money and wanted to buy more drugs,” said Joyce Gilbert, who says her son has been a drug addict for 12 years. “I am relieved he is off the streets. I would rather see my son for years behind a window than one time in a casket.”

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