Police take suspect Matthew Rischbeck away in handcuffs in Mt. Juliet after he rammed police cars at the Hermitage Home Depot last Friday. SUBMITTED

Police charged an Old Hickory man accused of ramming Hermitage police cars and fleeing in Mt. Juliet on Jan. 31 after a two-hour manhunt.

Metro-Nashville and Mt. Juliet officers, K-9 units and a police helicopter searched for Matthew Rischbeck, 25, after a 10:15 a.m. shoplifting call at a Home Depot on Old Hickory Boulevard in Hermitage, according to police. 

When police arrived, Rischbeck rammed and disabled two police cars with his vehicle, according to police.

Rishbeck drove away and crossed the county line into Wilson County. Police told Mt. Juliet residents to shelter in place during the hunt for him. According to Mt. Juliet police, the suspect’s car broke down, and Rischbeck took off on foot near Lebanon Road and Devonshire Drive near the Hickory Hills neighborhood.

According to Mt. Juliet police, a person saw Rischbeck run into the woods near Devonshire Drive, and officers responded.

Police encircled the area and used K-9s and a helicopter to help find Rischbeck.

A Mt. Juliet officer saw Rischbeck running across Lebanon Road at about 1:15 p.m. Officers them spotted him walking down Springmont Boulevard. They drove up to him, and he turned around, put his hands up and surrendered. Metro-Nashville Hermitage officers then arrested him. 

Police charged Rischbeck with aggravated assault, and he likely faces additional charges following the chase. 

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