Police headed to the Cracker Barrel Restaurant on South Church Street at 10:00 Saturday morning in reference to a strong arm robbery. 56-Year old Jeff Lee Hodge who lives at the Regal Inn, told police two unknown men robbed him of $40. However, police noticed his story was inconsistent and that he smelled of alcohol.
Hodge claimed he was assaulted by the two men who "violently" pushed him down after he walked out of the Cracker Barrel restaurant. Hodge said he then got up and ran to his nearby motel room. He said the assailants then fled the scene. The only problem is that Hodge lacked any visible injuries even though he suggested he was "violently" pushed. When confronted with the inconsistencies, Hodge admitted to concocting the story. He told police that he simply wanted his medication and that he is bipolar.
Once in the police car, police say the man tried to kick the passenger rear window out of the car. Despite his hostile behavior, officers transported him to the local hospital to be cleared because police wrote in their report that he was "highly intoxicated." The report stated, "Suspect was also extremely disruptive while being treated at the E.R. by screaming profanities and generally disturbing the staff there."
Hodge was charged with Filing a False Report, Disorderly Conduct, Vandalism, and Public Intoxication. He will face the courts on December 18, 2014. He remains jailed under a $5,050 bond.
Rutherford County Sheriff's Office
Murfreesboro Police Arrest Report #14-21828