Married couple charged in assault of Nashville music producer, friend

Dustin and Nichole Hargrove
Dustin and Nichole Hargrove (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Maury County couple surrendered Tuesday night in the Midtown assault of a Nashville music producer and his friend.

Dustin Hargrove, 30, and his wife Nichole, also 30, were both charged with one count of misdemeanor assault. Dustin Hargrove faces an additional charge of felony aggravated assault.

The couple is accused of attacking David Brainard and his friend Deborah Deloach on Sept. 27 in the middle of Demonbreun Street.

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According to authorities, Brainard and DeLoach were in a crosswalk when an Infiniti sedan almost hit them.

Nichole Hargrove is accused of getting out of the car and screaming at the pair.

As things got heated, Dustin Hargrove is accused of punching Brainard and grabbing him by the neck until he became unconscious and fell to the pavement.

Nichole Hargrove is accused of then pulling DeLoach’s hair and forcing her to the ground. According to police, Dustin Hargrove then put his leg into DeLoach’s chest, pinning her.

Metro police said their investigation along with tips led them to the Hargroves. On Tuesday, a detective visited their home in Columbia where they reportedly acknowledged their involvement.

David Brainard released a statement regarding the arrests:

“I speak for myself and my friend Deborah DeLoach when I say we are overwhelmed with gratitude for the work done by Metro Nashville Police Department’s Detective Anthony Chandler, his team, and to Nashville’s media whose coverage led to Crime Stoppers tips, which helped solve this case. We are humbled by the outpouring of care and support from not only friends and family, but from what feels like the entire city. A huge thanks to everyone involved. I’ll be sleeping more soundly knowing this part of the process is over.”

The couple later surrendered in Nashville. Dustin Hargrove was given a bond of $7,500 while his wife’s was set at $1,000. They have since posted their bonds and been released.

The Hargroves are due in court Nov. 3.

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