NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) — Subway police arrested a man early Thursday morning for stabbing two people in the woods at a homeless camp off Donelson Pike on Wednesday.
Jason Bell, 29, was apprehended around 3 a.m. Thursday and charged with two counts of attempted murder, carjacking, aggravated assault, theft of vehicle and escape.
Officers from the Hermitage Police Station were dispatched to an area hotel regarding a man attempting to enter rooms. Upon arrival, officers encountered a man in the grass adjacent to the I-40 West entrance ramp suffering from multiple stab wounds, some to the head.
Police say the 29-year-old victim was able to tell officers he was assaulted in the nearby woods. A 39-year-old woman emerged from these woods, suffering multiple stab wounds, some of them to the face. Authorities said due to the extent of the injuries and logistical difficulties, officers placed the victims in the back of two police cruisers and transported them to hospital.
“We walked past it right after it happened. She [the woman] was covered in blood, and I have never seen a living person with his face as badly damaged as his. She ran towards the man on the ground covered in blood,” witness Will Mckenzie told us.
Police determined that prior to the scene, Bell fled in a gray Jeep Grand Cherokee hidden in the woods. Authorities added that the Jeep was reported stolen from Oak Trees Court in Antioch on June 11.
Police say Bell fled the scene, then crashed near an Elm Hill Pk restaurant and got into the back seat of a Nissan Armada SUV just after a 37-year-old South Carolina woman and her teenage daughter returned to the vehicle. Bell demanded that they bring him back or he would hurt them, but the mother and daughter got out and fled the SUV. Bell then got behind the wheel and as he started driving he reportedly swerved in an attempt to hit the teenager, who was able to jump out of the way.
An MNPD detective, aided by a THP helicopter, continued the pursuit. Authorities said Bell quickly abandoned the Armada near DuPont Tyler Middle School and attempted to break into the school building and steal a truck before being arrested.
Bell was taken to hospital for the injuries he sustained in the Jeep crash. Upon his release, he was transported to police headquarters, where he refused to be questioned.
Police have not released the identities of the victims, but they are expected to survive.
Bell remains in custody and a judicial commissioner has set his bond at $1.36 million.
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