Suspect accused of ramming Metro police cars in custody

Posted at 11:47 AM, Jan 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-31 21:47:04-05

MT. JULIET, Tenn. (WTVF) — Police have arrested a 25-year-old suspect who allegedly rammed Metro police cars before fleeing into Wilson County.

The search got underway Friday morning after convicted felon Matthew Rischbeck, who was wanted for shoplifting at a Hermitage Home Depot, allegedly rammed Metro Nashville police vehicles in Hermitage.

Police say when Rischbeck fled Home Depot, his vehicle became disabled on Lebanon Road near Devonshire Drive around 10:30 a.m. Friday. A witness spotted him running into nearby woods as officers were responding to the scene. The witness gave officers a detailed description.

At that point, officers created a perimeter around the area. They coordinated with Metro-Nashville Police officers and Wilson County Sheriff’s deputies in the search for Rischbeck, which included a helicopter and K9 resources.

He was spotted running across Lebanon Road around 1:15 p.m. by a Mt. Juliet officer who then told other officers where he was. Rischbeck surrendered and was taken into custody after an officer spotted him come out of the woods onto Springmont Boulevard.

Rischbeck was charged with three counts of aggravated assault against police officers since he hit two marked patrol cars in his getaway vehicle.