2 men arrested after woman reportedly raped in Madison

Cordarius Caldwell and Zachery Hunter
L to R: Cordarius Caldwell and Zachery Hunter (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Two young men were arrested after a woman was reportedly raped inside a Madison home overnight Tuesday.

Zachery Hunter, 21, was taken into custody at the scene of the alleged crime off Gallatin Pike early Wednesday morning.

Cordarius Caldwell, 20, was arrested in Chattanooga Wednesday afternoon after he allegedly ran from officers at the scene and stole a car before leading state troopers on a chase.

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

It all began after Metro police received a called around 2:15 a.m. from a neighbor who heard a woman screaming.

When officers arrived to investigate, no one would come to the door when they knocked repeatedly.

One officer noticed a man open a side window and ordered him to come outside. The man, later identified as Caldwell, reportedly ran further inside the home.

That’s when police say the officer saw a woman standing by a wall, “terrified and shaking.” The officer asked if she could get out the front door when she shook her head, leading the officer to open the window more and help her outside to safety.

At that time, Caldwell allegedly jumped from another window and ran to a nearby gas station where he’s accused of stealing a car that had the keys inside.

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

A chase ensued but he was able to escape before ultimately begin arrested hours later in Chattanooga. Caldwell is accused of leading state troopers and other law enforcement on a chase until he was apprehended.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol said he hit at least 15 cars during the chase, including a trooper’s patrol car, before crashing into concrete barrier on Interstate 24. A trooper also reportedly received minor injuries after being forced off the roadway.

Caldwell is accused of sexually assaulting the woman at gunpoint after bringing her to the Madison home from Rutherford County. Police say the two became acquainted through Facebook.

Back at the home, Metro police say another man eventually opened the front door for officers. He’s been identified as 21-year-old Zachery Hunter.

Hunter was taken into custody and charged with aggravated rape and false imprisonment for allegedly knowing the sexual assault was taking place and not attempting to stop it or render aid to the victim. He is jailed in lieu of $125,000 bond.

Caldwell’s exact charges have yet to be released.

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