New York state police search for Tennessee fugitives

Jarret Cole Heitmann and Makayla Danielle Stilwell (Photo: WJHL)

SULLIVAN/HAWKINS COUNTY, TN (WJHL/AP) – UPDATE: New York state police are searching for two fugitives who are wanted for kidnapping and attempted murder in Tennessee.

Police said Saturday that 24-year-old Jarret Heitmann and 22-year-old Makayla Stilwell have been spotted in Pine Bush, New York, about 85 miles (136 kilometers) north of New York City.

Police in Sullivan County in Tennessee say Heitmann and Stilwell kidnapped a woman and shot a man in the chest on Tuesday, then fled.

The shooting victim, 34-year-old Dustin Bishop, was hospitalized for treatment of his injuries.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of each suspect.

It’s not known if they have attorneys who could speak for them.

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Investigators believe Jarret Heitmann and Makayla Stillwell are connected to a shooting in Kingsport and a kidnapping in Mount Carmel.

Brandy Overbay, 36, was kidnapped from her Mount Carmel home and held at gunpoint.

Investigators say the woman knew the suspects by their nicknames and they were friends on Facebook. According to the report, the suspects punched Overbay. The suspects took the woman to a home in Kingsport.

According to the report, the suspects punched Overbay. The suspects took the woman to a home in Kingsport.

Mount Carmel Police originally found out about Overbay’s kidnapping when performing a welfare check at her home. There, they found a broken window and blood stains.

According to investigators, a fight occurred at the Kingsport home and Dustin Bishop, 34, was shot. He is in critical condition.

“Right before the shooting took place, they released her,” said Det. Cody Bussell. “She took off running to hide and she heard the gunshots.”

The U.S. Marshals and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation are helping with the search. Investigators believe the two are a couple.

“It’s to that point where we’re going to places that we know they once frequented, places they once lived,” said Capt. Joseph Strickler.

Investigators say the male suspect has a medium to slender build and has dark hair. The female suspect is believed to have dyed her hair red.

The suspects face charges for especially aggravated kidnapping, especially aggravated burglary, reckless endangerment, attempted second-degree murder and aggravated assault.




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