Cain bond $500,000; Pridgen set for $50,000

By ALLEN MINCEY
Posted 12/1/17

The two arrested for their involvement in a hostage situation this week in the Royal Oaks subdivision remain in jail pending their court appearance early next week.Mark Clayton Cain and Andrea …

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Cain bond $500,000; Pridgen set for $50,000

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The two arrested for their involvement in a hostage situation this week in the Royal Oaks subdivision remain in jail pending their court appearance early next week.

Mark Clayton Cain and Andrea Pridgen were both taken into custody by the Bradley County Sheriff's Office Tuesday afternoon after breaking into a home in that subdivision. The two had previously been stopped by Deputy Chris Shope while occupying a reportedly stolen vehicle.

After a seven-hour standoff with the BCSO, including SWAT officers, the two were removed from the home. The owner of the home was still there when the incident occurred, but was able to escape early in the incident. 

Cain 38, of Chattanooga, and Pridgen, 32, of Lake Waccamaw, N.C., appeared in Bradley County General Sessions Court Wednesday — Cain on two counts of aggravated kidnapping; aggravated burglary; theft of property over $1,000; and being a fugitive from justice, while Pridgen was charged only with  theft of property valued at over $1,000.

The two aggravated kidnapping charges against Cain included not only the kidnapping of the homeowner, but also the alleged kidnapping of Pridgen. Reports said that Cain held a gun to Pridgen's head when attempts were made to take the pair into custody, and the couple broke in together.

The charge on Pridgen was for the theft of the vehicle.

The initial reports from the BCSO had Cain and Pridgen as a married couple, but they were later discovered to be boyfriend and girlfriend.

Bond was set on both, with Pridgen's bond set at $50,000. Cain was given a $500,000 bond on the charges other than the fugitive from justice charge, for which General Sessions Court Sheridan Randolph set no bond, thus leading to his continued incarceration. As of Thursday evening, Pridgen was still in jail at the Bradley County Justice Center.

The two will both be in court on Dec. 5 for a preliminary hearing.

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