A woman who was only trying to be a Good Samaritan by stopping by someone who appeared to be in need on the road but almost ended up as a victim of carjacking at knifepoint in south Nashville.
Metro Nashville police said a man crashed his truck on Interstate-24 near the exit of Harding Place overnight and had pulled off the shoulder when the woman came along to offer help.
The woman told the police that she decided to stop after seeing a truck crash on the said area she was passing by. She got out of her car to offer assistance. A man, however, approached her, held a knife to her neck and said: “I’m going to kill you if you don’t give me your car.”
The woman had the presence of mind not to cower in fear. Instead, she played it smart. She used the button on her car keys to sound her alarm instead, which forced the startled suspect to run away in panic.
Authorities have identified 27-year-old Alfredo Martinez as the suspect who tried to rob the woman of her car just after midnight on Tuesday.
Police utilized K9 units to search along Antioch Pike for the suspect. His truck was towed away for police processing.
Police said that Martinez returned to the scene of the attempted carjacking almost an hour after, covered in mud. He has since been arrested.
Martinez is charged with attempted robbery, driving without a license and leaving the scene of an accident. According to court records, he has been found guilty of driving without a license four times since 2011. He is being held by the police with a bond set at $25,000.