MT. JULIET, Tenn. (WKRN) — Mt. Juliet police are searching for a suspect following a chase Thursday evening.
The situation began unfolding as police made a traffic stop near the Lowe’s in Mt. Juliet. Police say the driver of the vehicle jumped out and told the officer the rear passenger told him not to stop.
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Police say the rear passenger — identified as 41-year-old Anthony Maynard of Clarksville — then jumped in the driver seat and drove away with a disabled woman in the vehicle, kidnapping her.
The suspect hit two other vehicles before the getaway car was disabled on Lebanon Road near Grandstaff Drive just after 8 p.m.
Police say Maynard then fled the scene on foot, possibly armed. Officers were able to rescue the woman from the vehicle before it burst into flames.
Maynard has been wanted out of Nashville since January for an aggravated assault involving strangulation.
He is described as a white man with a thin build, wearing a white or gray tank top, black shorts and multiple tattoos.
Mt. Juliet police were searching for Maynard in the area of Lebanon Road, Grandstaff Drive, Sante Fe Trail and Glen Echo Drive. Residents were asked to lock their doors and also make sure their vehicles were locked, too.
On Friday afternoon, Mt. Juliet police said they believe Maynard is no longer in the Mt. Juliet area and was likely picked up. Detectives are continuing to follow leads in hopes of finding him.
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