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Monteagle gas station clerk stabbed; suspect arrested in Chattanooga following chase

The Marion County Sheriff’s Department has confirmed that a store clerk was stabbed on Thursday afternoon in Monteagle following a robbery and failed carjacking attempt by the suspect at another location.

The stabbing happened at the Shell gas station on Main Street (TN-56) near the entrance ramp to I-24 and the Smokehouse restaurant inside Marion County jurisdiction.


The victim, Satish Patel, was taken to an area hospital and is expected to survive. The extent of his injuries has not been made public at this time.

Monteagle Police have identified the suspect as Dillon Hilton.

Authorities say it all began at the Citgo gas station on Highway 127 in Pelham, TN in Grundy County.

Officials with the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office say Hilton attempted a carjacking at that gas station and was unsuccessful in stealing the vehicle. The Sheriff’s Office says the driver was beaten up by Hilton.

After that, Hilton then went to the gas station on Main Street in Monteagle , where officials say he stabbed the clerk, Satish Patel, during a robbery at around 4:00 pm.

Hilton then led officers on a chase from Monteagle in Marion County, down I-24 through Kimball and Jasper, to Chattanooga.

Hamilton County Sheriff’s deputies and Chattanooga Police assisted the Marion County deputies in the chase.

Marion County Sheriff Ronnie “Bo” Burnett says Hilton was arrested after crashing with a Hamilton County deputy’s car in the upscale Mountain Shadows community near East Brainerd in Chattanooga.

Officials say some of the vehicles received minor damage, but no officers were injured in the chase.

Hilton is now in custody in Hamilton County.

We’ll continue to follow this developing story and bring your the latest here at MarionCountyMessenger.com.

Information from: WTVC-TV

 

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