A man previously arrested for killing his own mother and who had walked away from a supervised care home has now been captured in Marshall County.
Kenneth Mallady was found Thursday at Henry Horton State Park and taken into custody after he resisted arrest.
Law enforcement agencies across the state were on high alert for days searching for the 35-year-old. In the end, authorities credit an observant park ranger for Mallady's capture.
Chief Ranger Shane Petty said he had just learned about the alert for Mallady moments before he spotted the man on a bridge.
Petty confronted Mallady and attempted to take him into custody, but Mallady resisted.
"He would not comply to my directions, and actually threatened to kill me at one point in time, so as another ranger pulled up, then we pepper sprayed him and took him into custody," Petty said.
Petty said Mallady was extremely dirty, like he had been sleeping under the bridge.
In 2003, Mallady was accused in the stabbing death of his mother and for partially blinding his stepfather, but he was later was found not guilty by reason of insanity so his family had him involuntarily committed to Middle Tennessee Mental Health Institute.
But this week, Mallady's sister Regina Warren said she was unaware Mallady was placed into Anne's Care Home, a supervised facility in a residential part of Antioch.
"We were told he would be put in a mental institution for the rest of his life, and there'd be no chance for him to get out," said Warren.
After somehow walking away from the care home late last month, Metro police said Mallady was arrested at the nearby Mekong Market. There, he attacked a store owner while trying to shoplift a bottle of beer.
"My dad said, 'You have to pay for that,'" said Nancy Siharath, whose family owns the market. "That's when he attacked my dad. He got him pretty good on the head with a beer bottle. His first hit, he got him close to the eye. It just seemed like he was on drugs or something because he was very powerful and was swinging."
"It is my understanding that he was released on his own recognizance from Metro police, not knowing he was wanted at that time," said Hickman County Sheriff Randal Ward.
Kevin Talley of Anne's Care Home would only tell Channel 4 Mallady was taken to jail and didn't come back.
Authorities received several tips during their search for Mallady, and one woman said she saw a man who she believed fit Mallady's description walking near Chapel Hill just a few days ago.
"I slowed down to pull up next to him, and I noticed he was wearing a skirt, which I thought was a little bizarre. And I just got a really weird feeling, and I decided it wasn't a good idea and I kept driving," said the woman, who asked to remain anonymous.
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