Suspect detained after alleged burglary, chase through woods

UPDATE — Jackson police have confirmed the man arrested Wednesday morning is Gary Hart, a fugitive wanted in Chester County. See the updated story here.

Original story:

JACKSON, Tenn. — A suspect has been taken into custody after police say they chased him after an alleged burglary early Wednesday morning.

Screen Shot 2016-09-21 at 12.04.48 PMThe Jackson Police Department said they responded to an alleged burglary at apartments on Gillman Lane around 8 a.m.

“The suspect fled the scene. We were able to catch up with him here at this location behind Ridgecrest Cellars,” Deputy Chief Tyreece Miller said.

Miller said the suspect fled from the scene and during their pursuit they found the car he was driving at the intersection of North Royal Street and Henderson Road.

The suspect jumped out his car and ran into the woods.

“And this man come out of the woods, which we never have anyone that comes out of the woods like that, and he was kind of walking fast,” Ridgecrest Cellars co-owner Bridget Turner said.

Turner said she was receiving a truck delivery through a back door. When she saw the man come out of the woods, she ran inside with the truck driver, shut the door and called 911.

“He got all the way up here to my employee’s car when I think he seen a police car because it was already on the lot, and he turned around real fast and went back,” Turner said.

Police caught him shortly afterward near the woods behind Ridgecrest Cellars.

“An officer spotted him coming out of the woods, and right now he is being detained for further questioning and while we look into the burglary,” Deputy Chief Miller said.

As of Wednesday afternoon, police have not released the suspect’s identity or said whether he has been charged.

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