MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) – The search continues for four suspects who reportedly kidnapped a woman and shot a man to death.
The kidnapping victim told News 2 the men dressed like police, held what appeared to be a machine gun to her head, kidnapped, and beat her.
Authorities are trying to figure out a motive and if the suspects were police impersonators.
It’s still quite emotional for victim Brittany Johnson.
“I didn’t have anything to do with that,” Johnson said while sobbing. “I don’t know who did this.”
Johnson told News 2 she had gone to a trailer park in Shelbyville to pick up a friend, and while sitting in her car texting, she got the surprise of her life.
“It happened so fast. They just opened my door and dragged me out of my car and told me to get on the ground; they were drug task force,” she recalled.
She said it was four men, dressed like in all black with embroidered badges on their shirts.
“Man, these guys were so good,” Johnson said. “I know the police. Their demeanor, their character, how they talked to me… They were just like the police.”
Johnson says one of the suspects took her 2014 silver Camaro, and the other two put her in a black Tahoe and drove to Murfreesboro, all the way hitting her in the head, with what she describes as an assault-style rifle, while asking her about drugs and money.
“I don’t know what you’re talking about, and they kept hitting me and they were like, ‘You’re going to die. You’re going to die today,” Johnson recalled.
The victim says they were heading toward Interstate 24 when the men spotted the vehicle of Cesar Lopez-Flores, 30, made a U-turn, and then followed him to his home.
She said they made her knock on the door.
“They turned back into these super cops and they were like, ‘MPD, MPD,’ and I could hear Cesar say something,” Johnson said. “As soon I said it was me, they kicked the door, and I seen his face and he was like, ‘Oh my God, Brittany,’ and they shot him.”
It happened right in front of one of the Flores’ little girls. He later died at the hospital.
“It was hard for me, but it was hard because I saw his little girl standing right there when they shot him,” Johnson said. “I didn’t know what to do.”
Police told News 2 she was not cooperative at first. Johnson told News 2 it wasn’t that she didn’t want to cooperate with police; she said the four suspects looked and acted so much like real cops she was afraid, especially after they said they would kill her.
“I didn’t know if the police were real or fake, so I didn’t trust speaking to them,” Johnson said. “It was everyone, [they were] like, ‘She’s not talking to police; she is an uncooperating witness. She must have something to do with this.’ I didn’t. I didn’t feel safe talking to them.”
Johnson said she and Flores were close friends. She said she and her friends often hung out with him at a Mexican restaurant in Murfreesboro.
Johnson’s mother Mistie Blu says her daughter is a victim, too.
“She was beaten into the head. She is traumatized… She is hurting emotionally for her friend,” Blu said.
The victim says the suspects knew everything about her, where she lived, and where her children went to school, and even knew everything about Flores.
She says they left her at Flores’ home and took her vehicle with her purse and cell phone inside. Johnson also said she is staying at an undisclosed location for safety reasons.