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Wanted machete-wielding man caught in DeKalb County

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Posted at 9:13 AM, Jul 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-28 11:32:14-04

DEKALB COUNTY, Tenn. (WTVF) — A man wanted out of Cannon County has been caught days later in DeKalb County.

Cannon County Sheriff Darrell Young said Michael Holden Thomas was apprehended by police around 1a.m. Sunday, one county over from where he originally fled from law enforcement.

Thomas was located at the Handlebars on East Main Street near Murfreesboro and was accused of attempting to strike a deputy while fleeing the bar, but hit a Rutherford County Sheriff's patrol car instead.

THP's Aviation helicopter was used in the search for Thomas both Saturday night and Sunday morning. Rutherford and Cannon County deputies also assisted in the search.

Thomas was apprehended later in a stolen truck in DeKalb County.

On Wednesday, the sheriff's office said Thomas attacked his girlfriend with a baseball bat and held three children in a home against their will. This led to law enforcement searching in Woodbury for Thomas, who allegedly was carrying a machete-like knife.

During the pursuit, Thomas broke into a home on Hoover Mill Road, but the homeowner ran him out of the house.

The search for Thomas ended Wednesday afternoon. The sheriff's office thought he was picked up by his mother and taken to Kentucky.

Thomas is facing three counts of aggravated kidnapping, domestic assault and parole violation out of Kentucky. Rutherford County Chief Deputy Keith Lowery also said Thomas will face additional charges after striking the police vehicle this morning.

This is a developing story.