Parolee wanted for holding four Crestline women hostage, hitting one with hammer

Posted on June 25, 2009. Filed under: Crime, Parole |

Posted: 06/23/2009 02:57:56 PM PDT
Sheriff’s deputies are searching for a man accused of holding four women hostage inside a Crestline house late Monday, hitting one with a hammer when she tried to escape.

Thomas Joseph Murphy, a 41-year-old convict whose moniker is “Corporal,” is wanted for kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon and violating his parole.

Murphy went looking for his girlfriend at one of her friend’s house just before 10 p.m. Monday and forced four women into the house, threatening to kill them if tried to bolt. It is unclear why Murphy was angry.

He hit one of the women when she tried to run, said sheriff’s spokeswoman Arden Wiltshire. He allegedly smacked another with a hammer when she attempted to escape. A third victim eventually escaped and called her family, who notified sheriff’s deputies.

When deputies arrived at the house, Murphy was nowhere to be found.

“I don’t know what made him decide to leave, but he did,” Wiltshire said.

Murphy is 6-feet tall with green eyes and brown hair. He weighs 230 pounds and has three tattoos: a “69” on his wrist, a “13” on his forearm and a swastika on his neck.

Anyone with information is asked to call sheriff’s deputies at (909) 336-0600.

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