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Police catch teen who didn’t pay cab fare

Jared Felkins • Jul 11, 2018 at 6:57 PM

An unidentified runaway teen from Alabama ran from Mt. Juliet officers Tuesday evening after he apparently didn’t pay his cab fare. 

Officers were called to Windtree Trace and Cahaba Court at about 5 p.m. after a cab driver reported he wasn’t paid the $55 he was owed for giving the teen a ride. A Mt. Juliet officer arrived and found the suspect, who ran into a thick wooded area. 

According to Mt. Juliet police Capt. Tyler Chandler, the officer tried to use a Taser on the teen to subdue him, but it didn’t make contact, and he was able to get away. 

Police sent out a text alert to community subscribers with the teen’s description, and a resident reported him walking on Wrencrest Drive.

Chandler said at about 6:10 p.m., an officer arrested the teen, who was identified as a 17-year-old runaway from Alabama state custody, without incident. He was taken to Wilson County Youth Services to be processed.

Chandler said social media rumors about an armed robbery of a person and an armed robbery at a home were false. The teen didn’t commit a robbery.

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