Manchester man stabbed in neck by hitchhiker

Norman Vetter

Norman Vetter

According to Adam Floied,the assistant chief of the Manchester Police Department, the incident happened on Saturday at about 5 p.m. Ricky Guy Crews, 48, of Gallatin, Tennessee, approached Vetter outside of Foothills Crafts and asked him for help, according to reports.

Vetter offered to help, but the suspect's requests turned into demands, and when Vetter refused to obey, Crews stabbed Vetter.

After driving for about a mile and a half, Crews told Vetter to pull over and the suspect drew a knife demanding a ride to Nashville, according to the preliminary investigative report.

Vetter refused and started driving back to Foothills Crafts. Then, Crews pulled the knife again demanding a ride to Murfreesboro, and when Vetter refused, Crews stabbed his neck and they began to struggle for the knife, according to the report. 

“The victim fought him off and saved his own life,” Floied said. “He got the knife out of the suspect’s hands and then he got it thrown away from him. He was able to get out of the car and get help. Officers arrived very quickly on the scene and were able to apprehend the suspect and take him into custody without any incident.”

Crews was charged with attempted first-degree murder, carjacking and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Vetter was transported to Unity Hospital, according to the preliminary investigative report.

Vetter is a volunteer at Foothills Crafts, a nonprofit of the Coffee County Crafts Association.

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