Knoxville good Samaritan helps stop attempted carjacking of elderly woman

Steven Davis (Courtesy: Knoxville Police Department)
Steven Davis (Courtesy: Knoxville Police Department)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – A Knoxville man has been arrested after police say he tried to carjack an elderly woman and her grandson, and then ran from police – forcing them to use a Taser.

Steven Davis (Courtesy: Knoxville Police Department)
Steven Davis (Courtesy: Knoxville Police Department)

Steven R. Davis, 28, is charged with resisting arrest, two counts of aggravated assault, carjacking and auto theft. He was already wanted on six outstanding warrants and had three pending hit and run charges.

Police were initially called to the Walmart gas pumps off Chapman Highway for a medical call. They found a man passed out behind the wheel of a U-Haul truck. Emergency responders determined it was a possible overdose and requested police.

When officers arrived the man, later identified as Davis, became violent and ran off. He ran across Chapman Highway and into the parking lot of a gas station before jumping into the driver’s seat of a bystander’s vehicle at the gas pump and tried to drive off. Once he realized the car wasn’t running, he then ran to the H&R Block across the street and tried to carjack a Toyota Corolla with an elderly woman and her 11-year-old grandson inside.

Officers watched Davis force his way into the passenger side of the vehicle. As an officer caught up with the vehicle, the suspect climbed over the 11-year-old and was trying to force the driver out. Officers, including K-9 Loki, struggled with the suspect. A good Samaritan saw the officers struggling and blocked the Corolla in. The suspect managed to put the car in reverse and rammed the good Samaritan’s vehicle.

After hitting Davis multiple times with a Taser and a physical struggle, officers were able to gain control and let the victims get out of the car. The suspect appeared to either be intoxicated or under the influence of drugs.

The elderly woman had minor injuries and was treated at the scene. The 11-year-old was not hurt.

Police say prior to this incident, Davis was already wanted for ramming three vehicles and a bridge abutment earlier Tuesday on Loves Creek near Rutledge Pike in the same U-Haul truck.

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