Suspect arrested after driver carjacked with machete in Humphreys County

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HUMPHREYS COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — Authorities in Humphreys County have arrested a man accused of using a machete to carjack a driver who was giving him a ride.

The Humphreys County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday morning that deputies had attempted to pull over a vehicle on Ogden Road, when John Benchoff, a passenger, used a machete to force the driver from the car. Benchoff, who also goes by the name John Butler, was able to escape in the vehicle, a 1993 Buick Skylark, according to deputies.

Deputies said a tip helped them locate and arrest Benchoff in Waverly Tuesday afternoon. He will be lodged in the Humphreys County jail on multiple charges, including carjacking.

John Benchoff (Courtesy: Humphreys County Sheriff’s Office)

Benchoff was previously arrested in April 2019 on charges of aggravated assault and aggravated burglary. The Humphreys County Sheriff’s Office had issued an alert to the public and a tip led to his arrest in Perry County.

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