NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — The man suspected of ramming Metro police cruisers in a Hermitage parking lot Friday morning has been arrested following an hours-long manhunt in Mt. Juliet.
Mt. Juliet police said Matthew Rischbeck was taken into custody around 1:30 p.m. Friday when he was spotted running from Lebanon Road to Springmont Boulevard.
The situation began about three hours earlier, when Metro police responded to a possible shoplifting at Home Depot on Old Hickory Boulevard near Lebanon Pike. Officers arrived and said they saw a man exit the store with a cart and place the items in a vehicle.
The officers then blocked the vehicle from the front and back, but said the driver, identified as Rischbeck, reversed into one cruiser, then drove into another, disabling both. Rischbeck, 25, fled into Mt. Juliet, but Metro police arrested a second person at the scene believed to be involved in the shoplifting.
After driving into Mt. Juliet, police said Rischbeck ditched the vehicle and ran off into the area of Lebanon Road and Devonshire Drive.
Residents in the area of the manhunt were urged to remain secure inside their homes, as multiple officers, a helicopter and K-9 units searched for Rischbeck.
The manhunt came to an end around 1:30 p.m., when Rischbeck was arrested.
He has been charged in Davidson County with three counts of aggravated assault, as well as theft, vandalism and resisting arrest.