Police: Man handcuffed woman, drove her to hospital

Kristopher Knaus, Photo Courtesy: Nashville Metro Police Dept.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A man faces false imprisonment charges after police say he handcuffed a woman in downtown Nashville then drove her to a hospital.

Investigators say it happened at 7 p.m. on Sunday.

The victim told officers she’s seen Kristopher Knaus, age 29, wearing scrubs in front of the Nashville Public Library several times.

She said they were both there on Sunday when she made a suicidal statement and he told her he wanted to help her. Knaus claimed he works for several mental health institutions in middle Tennessee. The victim told police that was how he talked her into letting him help her.

Investigators say the woman followed Knaus to his car in a garage behind the library. He then allegedly handcuffed her and put her in the back of his car and drove her to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Knaus told her he was handcuffing her for her safety, according to police.

When the pair arrived at the hospital, Vanderbilt Hospital police called Nashville Metro police officers, who say they found a handcuff key on Knaus’ key chain. Knaus told officers he had transported someone on a previous date to the hospital while handcuffed.

Knaus may not actually be a healthcare employee. While being interviewed by officers, Knaus made several claims that he was employed through Middle Tennessee Mental Health Institute Mobile Crisis as well as Mental Health Cooperative. Police verified he does not work for Middle Tennessee Mental Health Institute. It’s unknown at this time if he is employed by MHC.

Knaus is charged with criminal impersonation and false imprisonment and was scheduled to appear in court Monday afternoon.

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