Norman Vetter

Norman Vetter, of Manchester, suffered life-threatening injuries after an incident that began at Foothills Crafts on Woodbury Hwy. 

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

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

“It was a carjacking,” Floied said. “The suspect is a person from out of town. The suspect tried to get a ride from the victim. The victim was willing to give him a ride, locally.”

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.

“He did undergo surgery and it was successful,” Floied said.

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