Sheriff says more charges pending
A 45-year-old convicted sex offender has been arrested in Macon County after reportedly assaulting a female and breaking into two homes.
According to the Macon County Sheriff's Office, the arrest of Ronald Anthony Miller, of Houston Gap Road, is the result of incidents which allegedly occurred during the early morning hours of July 25. Miller is a registered sex offender who recently moved to the Franklin area after being released from prison in Florida.
According to police reports, an adult female reported that she had been strangled by Miller after giving him a ride.
The victim reported that while she was giving Miller the ride, he became very combative and attempted to strangle her and tried to get her in the backseat of the vehicle. When they arrived to where the suspect wanted to be taken, the struggle continued and was witnessed by the suspect’s former wife who came outside and pulled the suspect from the vehicle.
The victim was able to leave the scene and call 911. Miller’s former wife then drove him to another location where she also got into a confrontation with him but was able to get him out of her vehicle and left him standing on the roadway.
During the course of the Sheriff's Office's investigation of the original incident, deputies responded to a West Old Murphy Road following a report of a breaking and entering. Deputies learned that the description given by the occupants of the residence matched that of the individual which had been involved in the earlier assault of a female.
Homeowners called the Sheriff's office to report that a white male had broken into their residence and entered a bedroom where two underage girls were sleeping. When Miller entered the bedroom, the two girls woke up when he turned on the bedroom light. After waking them, the suspect asked one of them how old she was and attempted to take her to another room, but she refused.
The 15-year-old girl reported to the responding officers that she told the suspect, "Please do not hurt me." After an adult in the residence woke up, the suspect then fled the residence and was located by deputies soon after walking along the roadside by deputies.
"Ronald Anthony Miller was identified as the suspect due to the detailed description given to officers by the young girl who kept extremely calm during the encounter," said Sheriff Robbie Holland. "While I must take this opportunity to commend my agency and its officers for their swift response in apprehending Mr. Miller so quickly, I also can’t thank the young lady enough who helped to make that possible. I can only imagine the horror she must have felt during this ordeal and that alone gives me the encouragement to see that Mr. Miller receives the justice that he deserves."
Miller remains in custody in the Macon County Detention Center. His first court apperance is set for August 1, 2013 at the Macon County courthouse. Miller’s bond was originally set at $50,000 and has been increased to $250,000 as the investigation continues. Additional charges are expected to be filed at a later date.