Man arrested following string of crimes in Hermitage
July 29, 2013 10:24 AM CDT
David Vandermeulen, 31, was arrested Sunday in Hermitage. He faces several charges including assault, vandalism and vehicle theft.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -
A man was arrested Sunday following a series of incidents involving assault and attempted vehicle theft in Hermitage.
According to police, David Vandermeulen, 31, first went into the Mapco located at 3900 Lebanon Pike and tried to buy a bottle of Coke. After attempting to cut customers in line, the clerk told Vandermeulen to stop.
He then held the bottle up and threatened to throw it at the clerk before leaving the business.
Once in the parking lot, Vandermeulen kicked a customer's car four times, leaving visible dents.
He then walked to a nearby McDonalds and attempted to get into a customer's vehicle while throwing a punch at them. The customer was able to run Vandermeulen off.
He returned to the Mapco and opened the door of a vehicle while the customer was filling up with gas. The owner was inside the store, witnessed Vandermeulen and came outside, yelling, to scare him off.
Vandermeulen then crossed the street to the US Bank and got into a customer's truck, put it into gear and started driving away. The victim hit the suspect and pulled him out of the truck.
Vandermeulen then picked up a tire iron and attempted to attack the victim, who dodged out of the way.
He then slammed the tire iron into one of the truck's windows, shattering it, before running away onto Juarez Drive.
Police were able to apprehend him shortly after.
Vandermeulen was positively identified by the victims.
He was charged with misdemeanor assault, three counts of aggravated assault, three counts of vehicle theft and two counts of vandalism.
He was booked into the Metro jail on a $105,000 bond.