Crimetracker: KCSO deputies arrest robbery suspect after manhunt, chase

KNOX COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The Knox County Sheriff's Office arrested a man Monday after a three-hour manhunt.

Joshua Hayworth, 23, was wanted for robbing a Loudon County Burger King on January 30.

On Tuesday, he was charged with violation of patrol, domestic assault and reckless endangerment. His bond is set at $5,500.

'The Knox County Sheriff's Office arrested a man Monday after a three hour manhunt.

Joshua Hayworth, 23, was wanted for robbing a Loudon County Burger King on January 30.

Officers say after Hayworth robbed the Burger King, he stole a Jeep Wrangler to make his getaway.

KCSO officers spotted the car Bob Gray Road Monday afternoon. But deputies say Hayworth ditched the vehicle and ran into a nearby trailer where the owners and their dog ran him off.

From there, Hayworth went to Double Tree Road where he saw a woman outside. He knocked her down and grabbed the keys to her Ford Escape, a KCSO release states. She ran after the vehicle because her puppy was inside. She held on to the dog and the vehicle as Hayworth dragged her some 20 feet.

She had numerous cuts and was transported to the hospital as a safety precaution because she is pregnant.

Hayworth lost control of the SUV at the entrance to Windamere where it crashed. He ran from the car but a home alarm went off as he was being tracked by a K-9. He was arrested at that house.

The KCSO used K-9s to track the suspect as officers went door to door. Airwatch was also used in the search. The FBI was also involved because Hayworth is wanted in a robbery in another jurisdiction.

A KCSO Patrol Officer, who was responding to the manhunt, wrecked his cruiser as he negotiated a curve on Shaad Road. He slid across the road where his car landed on its side in a ditch. The officer, Russell Kuhlman, was not injured.

Officers with the Knox County Sheriff's Office are currently searching for a person wanted in connection with an robbery of a Burger King Thursday in Loudon County.

On Monday, KSCO deputies spotted a car matching the description of the suspect's car. The driver of that car refused to stop.

Deputies are now searching for that person in a mobile home park of Bob Gray Road in West Knox County.

K-9 Units and a helicopter have been called in to assist with the search.

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