Fleeing Homewood suspect crashes, tries to take hostage at Birmingham laundromat

Fleeing Homewood suspect crashes, tries to take hostage at Birmingham laundromat
Suspect in custody following Homewood police chase
A man led Homewood police on a brief chase Tuesday before he crashed in a busy intersection, fled on foot and then tried to take a woman hostage at a nearby business in Birmingham.

It began at 11:21 a.m. A Homewood police motor scout tried to pull the man over on West Valley Avenue for having a switched tag, said Sgt. John Carr. The man refused to stop, and the pursuit was on.

After a brief chase, the fleeing suspect struck another motorist at the intersection of Green Springs Highway and Columbiana Road. He then bailed from the vehicle and ran to nearby Palisades shopping center.

The suspect ducked into Cleaners & Coin Laundry on Palisades Drive where he grabbed laundromat attendant Jill Williams by the arm and tried to drag her into a back room. Police believe he thought there was a rear entrance.

Officers were close behind and surrounded the suspect in the rear of the business by the Pepsi machine. It was then that he collapsed on the floor, bloodied from the impact of the airbags in the crash.

Homewood medics responded to the scene and transported the suspect to UAB Hospital. The driver of the vehicle struck by the suspect was not injured.

“It was scary. I looked up and all I saw was blood,” Williams said. “He grabbed my arm and tried to push me into the back room. I just reached out and closed the door.”

Carr said the suspect was driven a stolen vehicle that had been reported stolen to Birmingham police on Aug. 28. He said they have not yet identified the suspect, but said he faces several charges including receiving stolen property and possible kidnapping.

A man is in custody after Homewood Police say he led authorities on a chase Tuesday before crashing at an intersection.

Around 11:15 a.m., Homewood Police attempted to pullover a vehicle with a switched tag. The driver refused and a brief chase began. During the pursuit the suspect crashed into another car at the intersection of Columbiana Road and Green Springs Hwy.

Police say the man ran from the crash scene and entered the Wash & Go Coin Laundry, next to the Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market. There authorities say the man attempted to grab the attendant and take her to the back. Officers were already in the area of the store and were able to take him into custody without further incident.

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