Man Charged With Attacking Woman In Music Row Condo Building

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Man Charged With Attacking Woman In Music Row Condo Building

CREATED Jun 23, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A man has been charged with multiple offenses after he allegedly attacked a woman in the hallway of a condominium building in the Music Row area on Sunday night. Two neighbors were able to subdue the alleged attacker until police arrived.

Metropolitan Nashville Police said 27-year-old Dean Gooding  followed the female victim into the Rhythm Condos on Demonbreun Street around 9:40 p.m. They both got onto the elevator, and the man allegedly followed the woman when she got off on the 11th floor. 

Once she stopped at a doorway, police said Gooding picked up a cardboard box containing Comcast equipment from the floor and began beating her in the head, knocking her to the ground. He allegedly continued by punching her in the face and slamming her head into the walls and floor. 

A witness heard the commotion, opened her condo door, and saw what was happening. She pushed Gooding off the victim and pulled her inside. 

Gooding ran off, and pulled the fire alarm, police said.

Police said another man who heard the screaming went to check on the victim and her friend. When he learned what happened, he went back to his apartment, grabbed his brother, and they both got guns.

They searched the building, and found Gooding on the 15th floor. A fight broke out in the hallway, and several shots were fired.

No one was hit by the gunfire.

The two brothers were able to subdue Gooding, took him down the elevator, and met police who had arrived on scene.

The woman was treated for minor injuries at a local hospital and later released.

After a medical and mental evaluation, police charged Gooding with aggravated assault, two counts of assault, and vandalism. Police said he left behind damage on three floors, including damage to carpets, drywall, and water pipes to the sprinkler system.

The arrest report said Gooding was from Pleasant View in Cheatham County. Metro Police had said he was visiting Nashville with his wife, and had been drinking at some bars on Demonbreun when he allegedly left and followed the woman, whom he did not know.

Metro Police said he had no prior arrests in their jurisdiction.

His bond was set at $20,000.