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Gainesville man indicted in kidnapping teen jogger
Authorities say Brandon Nix attempted to rape 17-year-old at East Hall home
Brandon Nix
Brandon Nix

A Gainesville man accused of kidnapping a 17-year-old jogger and attempting to rape her was indicted Monday.

Brandon Scott Nix, 27, was charged with kidnapping, aggravated sodomy, attempted rape, false imprisonment, aggravated assault and sexual battery related to an alleged Nov. 2 assault.

The 17-year-old girl was jogging on Barrett Road when Nix allegedly came up behind her in his pickup truck. After asking her for a ride, authorities said Nix grabbed her around the throat and pulled her into the truck.

The indictment accuses Nix of putting the girl in a chokehold, which led to an aggravated assault charge.

Nix then allegedly took the girl back to his Wood Creek Place residence in East Hall County, where authorities say he attempted to rape her.

Nix’s girlfriend Brenda Baker then arrived at the residence and knocked on the door, said Hall County Sheriff’s Office investigator Jamie Compton.

Compton said at a probable cause hearing that Nix left the bedroom to speak with Baker, as the girlfriend attempted to walk toward the bedroom.

“She wanted to know why she couldn’t go toward the bedroom,” Compton said at the hearing.

The victim then ran out of the bedroom and sought Baker’s help in leaving. Compton said Baker drove the girl to the corner of Truelove and Barrett roads, where the 17-year-old got out and started running home.

Baker was charged with misdemeanor reckless conduct, according to Hall County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Deputy Nicole Bailes.

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