WILSON COUNTY - Deputies said they are searching for a man who allegedly set his ex-girlfriend's home on fire, then stole a police cruiser and the officer's weapons.
According to the Wilson County Sheriff's Office, 41-year-old Anthony Scott Jordan set the home on fire early Sunday morning. The residence, on the 100 block of Crawford Lane in Black Creek, was occupied by Jordan's ex-girlfriend and her son. The two were able to escape from the fire, investigators said.
A Black Creek police officer responding to the scene was able to pull over Jordan, who smelled of kerosene, the Sheriff's Office stated. The officer then cuffed Jordan and put him in the front seat of the patrol car, while the officer searched Jordan's vehicle, according to investigators.
But Jordan, with the handcuffs behind his back, drove off in the police car, said the Sheriff's Office.
The officer pursued Jordan and was slightly injured in the process, before losing sight of the suspect, said investigators.
Jordan eventually ditched the police car on a service road near I-795 and Alton Road, deputies said. But the suspect was able to steal two police weapons, investigators added.
Jordan's mother, Delois Miller, said she "just couldn't understand, or believe that he would do anything like that, it just. It made me sick. I just hollered and cried."
Wilson County Sheriff Calvin L. Woodard Jr. said Jordan should be considered armed and dangerous.
"The Sheriff's Office worked tirelessly in the middle of the night until sunrise, amid chilling temperatures," Woodard said in a statement. "We were able to locate the vehicle, obtain a substantial track and developed leads on the suspect... [Law enforcement] will pursue every measure until he is located and brought to justice."
Miller says she raised her son better than his alleged actions show. She had some strong words for him, saying, "What good did it do? You didn't accomplish anything by doing this. 'Cause somebody else is gonna be with her, and it won't be you."
However, she said she is still his mother, and desperately wants him to turn himself in. "Call me I'll come pick you up," she said as if she was speaking to Jordan. "I'll go with you down there, and turn yourself in. Please do this for me. I love you."
Anyone with information on Jordan's whereabouts is asked to call the Wilson County Sheriff's Office at 252-237-2118.