MAIDENS ARRESTED: Manhunt over; Governors Club murder suspect in custody
Updated 6:50 a.m.
The Brentwood Police Department has confirmed that Randolph Maidens, who is suspected of killing his wife in their Governor's Club home Sunday night, has been taken into custody ending the manhunt.
The spokesman was unable to give details of the arrest, but said that Assistant Police Chief Tommy Walsh and Capt. Tommy Campsey were at the scene in the Governor's Club early Monday morning.
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A manhunt that locked down Brentwood’s gated Governors Club development late Sunday afternoon ended in the wee hours of Monday morning without the apprehension Randolph Maidens, the 42-year Brentwood man believed responsible for the shooting death of his wife."As of this hour, we have not made contact with him,” Assistant Brentwood Police Chief Tommy Walsh said just after 2 a.m. Monday morning at the Brentwood Safety Center on Sunset Road.
Randolph Maidens was taken into custody this morning.
“His whereabouts are unknown. We certainly would ask the public for assistance in helping us identify and locate him. We would treat him as armed and dangerous at this point.”
Walsh said uniformed officers as well as the private gated community’s security team will continue to patrol overnight. “The search will begin tomorrow morning at daybreak," he said.
Walsh shared details of the developments that gripped the entire Brentwood community throughout Sunday night and early Monday morning.
"At approximately 5:49 p.m. Sunday night, our officers responded to a call for a welfare check at 64 Governors Way in Governors Club subdivision off Concord Road in Brentwood,” Walsh said. When officers entered the home, they found a deceased woman – believed but not confirmed to be Maidens’ wife, Dr. Rachael Maidens, a Brentwood orthodontist -- with a gunshot wound.
The Maiden’s 2-year-old daughter was found safe at the scene unharmed, Walsh said, and is now being cared for by relatives.
“The male suspect we have named was not in the residence at that time."
Police immediately sealed off the crime scene and began conducting a search with the help of a Tennessee Highway Patrol helicopter, two K-9s units -- one from the Franklin Police Department and another from the Williamson County Sheriff’s Department. Officers from the Brentwood force, the Williamson County SWAT team and other agencies searched the area immediately surrounding the Maidens’ home and the entire 600-acre Governors Club area over for almost eight hours but did not find Randolph Maidens.
"We've checked every area we feel the suspect would be hiding,” Walsh said. “We don't believe he is active in the area.”
At about 1:30 a.m. Monday, Brentwood police officers began to escort Governors Club residents who had been locked out of their neighborhood to their homes which were searched to ensure the residents’ safety, Walsh said.
Walsh stressed again that if anyone sees Maidens they should call 911.
Walsh said it’s not known how long the victim, who has been identified as Maiden’s wife but not named, had been deceased when police made entry. The welfare call was made by family members.
Walsh said there was no prior call history from the Maidens’ residence, which is still considered an active crime scene.
At a staging area set up at the Brentwood Safety Center on Sunset Road, 15 to 20 residents of the Governors Club are awaiting permission to return to their homes early this morning. According to a Brentwood Police spokesman at the center, the search for murder suspect Randolph Maidens, 42, is almost complete and they may let people enter and exit the gated subdivision within the hour.
There has been no official word on whether or not Maidens has been located or apprehended, however.
The 600-acre subdivision which includes an 18-hole Arnold Palmer golf course, has been locked down since early Sunday evening when local law enforcement officers began to search on foot and via the air for Maidens, 42, who is believed to have shot to death his wife at their Governors Way home earlier Sunday.
Though unconfirmed, the victim is believed to be Brentwood orthodontist Dr. Rachael Maidens. The couple has one daughter, believed to be 2 years old.
|The scene at the main gate of The Governors Club on Concord Road Sunday night.|
Neighbor Cynthia Rosenblum, who is among those waiting to return home early Monday morning, said she often saw Randolph Maidens working in the yard of his 65 Governors Way home. She said she did not think he was employed.
“I called 911 about three weeks ago. He was running through the woods behind our house with his two dogs in a ski mask and something like a quiver on his back,” Rosenblum said. “I asked him three times what he was doing. At first he gave some incoherent answer. Then he finally said he was walking his dogs and got lost.
“My husband says he's seen him do the same thing. I thought he was a peeping tom."
Just after midnight, a Governors Club resident who has been sending updates to Brentwood Home Page throughout the evening, reported that "all is quiet" in the gated development after hours of swirling helicopter traffic.
Rob Burton, a Governors Way resident who lives a few houses down from the Maidens, told BHP via email that “’all is quiet’ is right except for 30-plus sheriff and SWAT roaming the south end of the golf course and woods with rifles drawn and lights on looking for this guy.”
Burton added that the area he was referring to was near Hole No. 5 “all the way to Colonel Winstead Road.
“I watched them walk around my house with guns drawn and lights on, through the easement and woods,” Burton emailed.
At 8:57 p.m. Sunday, Brentwood Police Chief Jeff Hughes reported that Maidens was believed to be on foot in the gated subdivision that is bordered by Concord Road, Sunset Road and Crockett Roads.
At 10 p.m., residents who were locked in their homes continued to report helicopter traffic flying low over their homes and the 18-hole golf course. TV news crews and others remained outside the main Concord Road gate.
A Brentwood Home Page correspondent who went to the main gate reported at 9:34 p.m. that she talked to a woman who had been waiting for over an hour to get into the development. She identified herself as a nanny who was trying to get in to take care of a child who was home alone at a Governors Way home.
Marty Warren, a longtime Governors Club resident, was among those residents who could not get home.
"We were away at dinner with our daughter and granddaughter and are locked out of the neighborhood and our home," Warren, a Realtor who with his wife Nancy specializes in marketing the development, told BHP at 10:56 p.m. They have been in close touch with those inside the gates, however.
"All of our neighbors and friends are so kind and thoughtful with everyone reaching out to each neighbor and friend," he said.
Randolph Maidens is described as a white male, 5’11” with brown hair and brown eyes weighing approximately 175 pounds.
If anyone has contact with this individual, call 911 immediately. He should be considered armed and dangerous.
Brentwood Home Page is continuing to follow this story and will add details as they become available. Contact BHP at firstname.lastname@example.org.