MILLERSVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Monday night, officials suspend a manhunt, after a man who fled a traffic stop in Millersville late Sunday night.
The Millersville Police Department said just before 11 p.m. a Tennessee Highway Patrol unit conducted a traffic stop on Interstate 65 near the off-ramp at Bethel Road.
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Officials say the suspect was detained and fled on foot as the trooper attempted to place him in his patrol vehicle. The THP trooper then observed the suspect flee on foot across the interstate toward Highway 31.
According to THP, the suspect has been identified as 26-year-old Sedric Stevenson. Officials say he was last seen wearing a white shirt, black sweatpants and no shoes. Stevenson was handcuffed behind his back when he fled custody, according to officials.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol, Millersville police, Sumner County Sheriff’s Department and Robertson County Sheriff’s Department are all actively searching for the suspect.
Quickly after the search began, residents in the area were alerted to the search.
“I heard the helicopters, and actually when I was walking to pick up the paper this morning, I saw a police car roll through,” said Lonnie Blittle.
On Monday morning, the Millersville police chief said agencies are focusing their search in a wooded area. All residents are being advised to keep their doors locked until the suspect is found.
“The THP helicopter was flying overhead right at the top of the trees really slow back there, really giving those woods a good look over,” said Kenny Tucker.
Despite that, people who live and work in the area told News 2 they’re not too worried about their safety, and are more confused how the suspect hasn’t been found.
“Dreadlocks, white t-shirt, no shoes, hands handcuffed behind their back, wouldn’t anybody spot that?” Vickie Richardson said.
“I mean it is a concern a little bit,” Scott Compton added. “I really just heard about it this morning. The only thing I really know is the description, that he was wearing dreadlocks, a white t-shirt, hands cuffed behind the back. How he escaped? I have no earthly idea.”
One neighbor said because of the terrain in the woods, the only way officers will likely find Stevenson is if they are searching on foot.
This isn’t the first time, residents have dealt with a manhunt in the area. In June, another manhunt lasted for nearly 7 hours. Many say, the area’s close proximity to the interstate may be a contributing factor.
“It’s convenient to the interstate, you can hop on, hop off, and be gone. Get on the interstates and you’re in Kentucky in 30 minutes,” explained Tucker.
Officials say if you see someone matching Stevenson’s description, call 911 immediately.
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