Man charged after carjacking and kidnapping girl, leading police chase


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.