A man suspected of leading police on a pursuit Friday after a home robbery in La Vergne, and later carjacking a person at a grocery store parking lot Monday in Antioch, has been taken into custody.
Tyler Fitzgerald Raybon-Tate, 20, of Nashville, was arrested without incident Wednesday morning at a home on Charlie Court in Nashville.
Raybon-Tate was shot during an exchange with authorities in La Vergne on Friday. They found his blood in the vehicle retrieved in the mall parking lot in Antioch.
Authorities believe Raybon-Tate fled to Kentucky for a time to seek medical treatment, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. When hospital workers noticed his wounds, Raybon-Tate said he had been shot. The workers called local authorities, but he fled the hospital before being treated.
U.S. Marshals later received information that Raybon-Tate was in Nashville.
When authorities arrested him Wednesday morning, officers noticed the wounds. He was treated at Metro General before he was booked into jail later Wednesday.
The vehicle involved in Monday morning's carjacking was recovered near County Hospital Road and Panorama.
Raybon-Tate was wanted out of Rutherford County for aggravated burglary and Davidson County for aggravated kidnapping, carjacking, evading arrest, failure to appear and two counts of violating community corrections.
Before Friday's burglary and chase, Tate was out on bond for attempted criminal homicide after an incident on East Nocturne Drive on Jan. 24 in north Nashville.
Robbery on Friday; Carjacking on Monday
On Friday, police believe Raybon-Tate brandished a gun at police following the La Vergne robbery.
Officers then began a pursuit of the man's red Lincoln Navigator, during which two officers fired shots at the vehicle, breaking out the driver's side window.
The suspect's vehicle entered into Davidson County, and Metro police issued a "be on the lookout" alert for the vehicle.
Officers later located a vehicle matching the description parked at the Global Mall at the Crossings in Antioch, but Raybon-Tate was not with the vehicle.
Just before 9 a.m. Monday, a Metro police officer spotted Raybon-Tate walking in the area near Mt. View Road and Bell Road in Antioch. When the suspect saw the officer approach, Raybon-Tate ran to a nearby Kroger parking lot, where he jumped into a woman's vehicle, before forcing her to pull over and get out.
Raybon-Tate continued driving in the direction of Interstate 24.
The vehicle is described as a 2012 red Ford Escape bearing Tennessee vanity license plate PYITFWD.
The woman was not injured in the carjacking.
"One minute, I was feeling bad for him, because he must have had a horrible life, and the next minute I wanted to bash him over the head with a baseball bat," said the carjacking survivor, Anna Whitworth.
The woman said Tate had jumped into her car, shouting, "Drive, drive, drive!" She was initially concerned that he was in danger.
"I was asking him, 'Are you OK?' And then I looked down and saw his hand down by his belt, and that's when the while energy of the car shifted. I knew I was in trouble," Whitworth said.
Whitworth said hearing about Raybon-Tate's arrest was a reason to breathe easier.
"I actually heard it on Channel 4," she said. "It's a great relief to know not only that my family's safer, but other people are safer on the street, you know."
As more details emerged about the suspect and his lengthy criminal past, including a charge of attempted murder, Whitworth couldn't help but wonder what happened.
"You know, why was I put in that position because of our system that has cracks in it?" she said. "I do have a filter. And I'm using it right now, talking about him. But I would have to say to him, 'Bless your heart.'"
Raybon-Tate is also suspected in a June 17 burglary at a home on Nashua Lane, and police said they are investigating his possible involvement in several other burglaries in the city's west and south precincts.
The TBI said Monday a second suspect in the La Vergne robbery, Edwin Santiago, was arrested after he got out of the Navigator in La Vergne.
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