MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - After a shot was fired in the parking lot of Wolfchase Galleria, police said shoplifting suspect Nathan Williams ran across Highway 64.
Witnesses said Williams hid in a restaurant before trying to carjack an ambulance.
"It was a very crazy story."
Danver's General Manager Lynne Fuller said she had no idea who the 23-year-old was when he walked in.
"My guess was he was hiding at this point," Fuller said. "And he needed something to do and I guess we weren't going to let him hide if he wasn't eating, so he ordered and sat down and ate."
Fuller said he ordered a salad and was very calm and nonchalant.
"When he finished up, he threw away his tray and walked next door and caused all the rest," Fuller said.
"Then, for some reason he came and tried to carjack a car in the drive thru," said Brad Tucker.
Tucker is the general manager of Tellini's. Tucker said Williams was thrown to the ground when that driver took off.
"A lady stopped to help him and he tried to get in her car too," Tucker said.
That's when Williams approached two paramedics in their ambulance and demanded a ride. When they told Williams he could only get a ride to the emergency room, he grabbed the keys out of the ignition and ran off.
That's when one of the paramedics chased him down and tackled to the ground.
"He was trying to squirm loose, so I just gave him some assistance," Tucker said, "Waited for the police to get there. They were right across the street."
Williams is facing charges of carjacking, theft from a motor vehicle and vandalism.