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Published on June 21, 2024
Nashville Suspect with Extensive Criminal Record Leads Police on Multi-County Chase in Stolen VehicleSource: Google Street View

A suspect with a long criminal history led Nashville police on a multi-county chase after being spotted in a stolen vehicle on June 19. Cornelius Pierce, 49, identified by the Metro Nashville Police Department (MNPD), was driving a black Nissan Rogue reported stolen in a Mapco convenience store robbery that occurred on June 10 in the 500 block of Murfreesboro Pike. WSMV reports that the pursuit began when Violent Crimes Division detectives attempted to stop Pierce, who fled and was later tracked by an MNPD helicopter.

The chase progressed across multiple jurisdictions, with Brentwood Police successfully using spike strips on I-65 North to halt the Rogue. Subsequently, Pierce attempted to evade arrest by jumping a divider wall on the interstate, during which he was hit by a car. He tried, and failed, to carjack another vehicle before being struck. As detailed by WKRN, Pierce was seriously injured in the ordeal and is currently receiving treatment at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC).

Before this chase, the suspect was out on bond for separate incidents including assault, theft, and vehicle theft. According to FOX 17, Pierce was free on a $4,000 bond from a May 19 arrest.

The stolen vehicle incident began when Pierce entered Mapco acting as if to purchase a drink, and when the clerk opened the register, he lunged behind the counter. Although he was unable to steal cash, he took the clerk's cell phone and keys, and subsequently her vehicle. The victim, a 50-year-old Nashville resident originally from Africa, expressed to WKRN, her terror during the encounter, stating, "That man could kill me, believe me. I feel that he can rape me. That is the scariest feeling I got on that day because he holding me like he want to rob me."