Franklin Police Continue the Search for I-65 Attacker

The Franklin Police Department (FPD) continue to search for a man who attacked a teenager girl Sunday evening when she was stranded on I-65 after getting a flat tire.

At about 8:20pm Sunday night a 16-year-old girl pulled over on I-65 S, between Cool Springs Boulevard and McEwen Drive, after her tire went flat. While standing outside of her vehicle, waiting for her dad who was on his way to help, a man accosted the teen from behind, pulling her down the hill and into the ditch between I-65 S and the back side of the Mallory Lane Sam’s Club. The victim was able to break free and escape. The suspect fled on foot.

The victim’s dad, who wishes to remain anonymous, explains that when he arrived on the scene, he did not see his daughter, so he screamed her name a few times. He then heard his daughter crying and screaming at the bottom of the ditch. He went to her immediately and called 911.

The family is working through the emotions of the incident day by day and hour by hour.

“Some hours are good, some hours are bad,” the father said. His daughter is scared and doesn’t want to drive.

The police urge the community to call with any information on the suspect. You can submit an anonymous tip to the FPD here.

The suspect is described as a tall white male with dirty brown teeth and a medium build. He is believed to be in his late 30s to early 40s about 6 feet tall with a “dirty-blonde” beard, and looked like he had not shaven other areas of his face for several days. He was wearing a black t-shirt at the time of the attack. A sketch of the suspect can be seen above.