Franklin man suspected in fatal stabbing captured in Texas

Friday, March 19, 2010 at 9:10pm
Staff reports

The manhunt is over for a Franklin man police suspect repeatedly stabbed his mother and brother Thursday during a domestic dispute. Jesse Knapp was arrested shortly after 5 p.m. Friday outside a movie theater in San Antonio, Texas.

A multi-agency coalition, which included FBI agents, Texas Rangers and San Antonio officers, found Knapp’s Jeep Wrangler parked nearby the Rivercenter 9 movie theater where he was arrested.

Police say Knapp fatally stabbed his 20-year-old brother Joshua near their 175 Broadwell Circle home. His mother, Dian Bridges, was also critically injured. She remains hospitalized at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Franklin Police leaders credited strong relationships with area local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies for Knapp’s quick arrest.

“When horrific crimes like this one strike in our community, we rely on the strong long-standing relationships we’ve built through the years with partner agencies,” said Franklin Police Chief Jackie Moore. “This just shows what can be done when we work as a team. We is always better than I.”

Franklin detectives are making arrangements to travel to Texas and bring Knapp back to Williamson County, where he faces numerous charges including criminal homicide.