Man charged after carjacking and kidnapping girl, leading police chase

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OAKLAND, Tenn. — A man accused of carjacking and kidnapping a 16-year-old girl, then leading police on a multi-county chase, now faces several charges.

Ma’Quarious Lynn Cathey is charged in Henderson County with burglary. He’s being held on $5,000 bond.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation also secured warrants in Fayette County, charging Cathey with two counts of aggravated kidnapping, one count of felony evading arrest in a motor vehicle endangering others, and one count of carjacking.

TBI says it expects the Tennessee Highway Patrol to also charge Cathey.

Just after midnight Monday, a 16-year-old girl was carjacked and kidnapped at knife point from the Oakland Walmart parking lot. The girl’s boyfriend called 9-1-1 and a BOLO was issued.

Fayette County deputies soon started chasing the vehicle, and were joined by the THP on I-40 eastbound.

Cathey sideswiped two cruisers, then wrecked near mile marker 98 in Henderson County. He got out, ran away, broke into a building on Highway 104 in the Mt. Gilead area, and was caught near the Douglas Meadows subdivision.

The 16-year-old and the troopers in the sideswiped cars weren’t hurt. Investigators say they don’t believe the girl knew Cathey.


    • Johnny

      Not near the “joke” his sentence will be… probably time served (overnight) and probation without anyone following up on him.

    • Ivy

      The $5000 bond is only for Henderson Co for the crimes there. He still faces charges in all the other counties and Oakland, not to mention the THP and TBI.

  • DetlaEB

    Not enough Bond. And I did not even know Oakland had a Walmart. That little area blossomed into a small town in no time, didn’t it? I remember “back when”-oh well never mind.

  • Janice

    @Gypsy Lee ~ you are the most rational person on this comment feed. My son is 20 yrs old, 6’4′ & 280 and I do not allow him to get gas after dark. Some of these parents have no parameters or boundaries for their children.

  • Randy

    Agree she should not have been out at all. And now I bet why folks wonder why I have a 9 MM on my side. Not enough bond!!!!!

  • Bob

    It sounds like the bond is for the burglary charge. Should he come up with that I would hope he’d continue to be held on the much more serious charges. But government being what it is… who knows.

  • JenB

    Wow. At 18 I was living independently 6 hours from home going to college with a partial academic scholarship and paying my own way the rest. At 19, I was working full time, going to university full time and living independently. I’m not sure what my parents would have taught me by forbidding me to gas up my car after dark. However, they did teach me to choose my friends wisely, make good decisions, and pay close attention to my surroundings at all times. Evil people are out there, however A life lived in perpetual fear is not a life worth living.

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