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Accused West Nashville carjacking suspect found hiding in trash can

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) - - An accused carjacker was arrested in West Nashville Wednesday morning after his plan to evade officers by hiding in a trash can ultimately failed.  

Police said at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, a 53-year-old woman was getting out of her 2015 Chrysler 200 at the Ace Hardware store in the 6400 block of Charlotte Pike, when 22-year-old John Terrance Kelly approached her.  

Kelly asked her about the location of an auto parts store, according to a release.  

Investigators said she answered his question and turned to shut her car down when Kelly went after her purse. The two fought over the purse until Kelly jumped into the woman's Chrysler and fled down Charlotte Avenue, according to police.  

Officials said Kelly crashed the car into a fence and tree at the intersection of Red Oak Drive and Hillwood Boulevard, where it caught on fire.  

Police said a citizen driving by the wreck saw Kelly leaving the scene and followed him to the 200 block of Neartop Drive. Kelly picked up a large piece of metal and walked toward the citizens as if he was going to hit him with it, according to a press release.  

Officers said Kelly climb a fence and left the area.  

After canvassing the neighborhood, police said they found Kelly hiding in a trash can on Wilsonia Avenue.  

Kelly was convicted of robbery charges in 2016 for a 2014 robbery. He received a six-year sentence.  

His bond was set at $25,000.  

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