NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A Nashville neighborhood was on edge Sunday night after a man with a machete went door to door Sunday morning looking for an easy target.
It happened on Curdwood Drive around 8:30 Sunday morning. Neighbor Ronnie Mincin heard someone knocking on his door, but by the time he got outside, the man had already made to his neighbor's house.
"It was like an action movie this morning, I come out and she's packing a knife, and he's speeding off," said Mincin.
Mincin said the man had a knife and a machete in his hand, and after knocking on his door, went next door to the neighbor's house. When she answered, police say he forced his way inside, but not for long. The woman, in her mid 40's, was able to grab a knife of her own and chase the man out of her house and off of Curdwood Drive.
Mincin caught the tail end of the chase when he finally made it to his front door. "She was in her robe had a knife in her hand and the guy was taking off out of here as fast as he could," he recalled.
"I think great for her, and I would have done the same thing. I am sure it was scary, but you have to think really fast," said another neighbor, Monica Hines.
The woman's quick thinking and good memory helped police catch up with the suspect.
She called 911 and gave them a description of his car and even his license plate number. Police spotted him on Gallatin Pike a few miles from Curdwood Drive. He led police on a high speed chase for 11 miles until he crashed his car at Vietnam Veterans Parkway.
"I am not sure; maybe he was just needing money and was going to rob whoever he could get," said Mincin.
Police are still investigating why the man was going door to door right off Gallatin Pike, but believe he was looking for an easy target and trusting neighbor on a Sunday morning.
It seems no one on Curdwood will trust a neighborly knock after this.
"I think we need to beef up the security around here. Maybe the neighbors need to get to know each other and start a neighborhood watch, and I am all for it," said neighbor Monica Hines.
Police would not release the man's name because they think he might be linked to other crimes in the area.
Monday, May 20 2013 7:42 AM EDT2013-05-20 11:42:42 GMT
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