A Robertson County couple is accused of holding a knife to a Sumner County man’s throat during an aggravated robbery and kidnapping earlier this month.

Deputies from the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a robbery at a home in the 1500-block of Brinkley Branch Road on Sept. 6, according to court records.

When they arrived, law enforcement officials say the victim stated he had asked Helen Caitlyn Suggs, 30, of Greenbrier to come over to his home earlier that morning. Sometime after daybreak, he agreed to get in her van and go back to her hotel room.

“(The victim) stated when they got about halfway down Sandy Valley (Road) a male subject came out of the back of the van and hit him in the side of the head with the butt end of a knife and then put the knife to his throat,” according to an arrest affidavit signed by Dept. Wayne Hatcher with the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office. “The male subject then put the knife to (the victim’s) throat and told him to empty out his pockets.”

The group then drove to a gas station on Long Hollow Pike in Goodlettsville where the suspects purchased gas using $100 that they had taken from the victim before eventually taking him back to his home where he was able to call 911.

According to law enforcement officials, the male suspect was later positively identified by the victim as being Richard Todd Cody Birdwell, 34, of Greenbrier.

“(The victim) stated he thought about jumping out of the van when they had stopped a few times, but was afraid the door might be locked and if he didn’t get out, he was afraid of what might happen to him since Mr. Birdwell was holding the knife next to him or on him the entire time,” Hatcher wrote in the affidavit.

Birdwell is charged with aggravated assault, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated burglary, two counts of aggravated robbery, theft up to $1,000, violation of a no contact order and violation of an order of protection, according to court records. Suggs is charged with aggravated kidnapping and aggravated robbery. Both are scheduled to appear in Sumner County General Sessions Court on Oct. 7.

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