1 arrested, 1 wanted in Smyrna carjacking incident

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A woman is recovering from serious injuries after a man tried to steal her car and then hit her with it on Tuesday in Smyrna. 

According to officials with Smyrna Police, the incident happened when the woman was eating lunch in her car outside the company where she worked, Well Mat Company on Industrial Boulevard, around 1:30 p.m.

Police say the suspect, 18-year-old Ryan Austin Craddock, of Nashville, approached the woman’s vehicle in an attempt to steal the car. 

“This guy showed up in my window, wearing a mask over his nose and his lower face and he said get out of your car. I said you’ve got to be kidding me like this isn’t funny get away from me,” said the victim, who wishes to remain anonymous.  

The woman’s co-workers inside the building witnessed what was going on and tried to assist her. The bystanders made contact with the suspect, physically restraining him until police could arrive. 

That’s when a second suspect used another vehicle to assault the people restraining Craddock. The female victim was hit by the other vehicle and seriously injured before the second suspect fled the scene. 

“The car came kind of straight at me and ran me over,” she explained. “Somebody told me I was probably unconscious for 4-5 minutes. I don’t know, but the police were there when I came to.”

Rutherford County EMS transported the woman to Stonecrest Medical Center where she was treated with serious injuries and released. 

Smyrna Police arrested Craddock on the scene. He was charged with attempted carjacking. 

The whereabouts of the second suspect are unknown at this time, and the incident remains under active investigation. 

This is a developing story. Stay with News 2 and refresh this page for updates. 

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