A Lexington man is behind bars in Daviess County after he forced many area schools and business to go into lockdown Thursday.
Authorities say Billy Bowles, 24, was hitching a ride from Whitesville to the Ohio County line but wanted to go much farther.
When the driver told him the Ohio County line was as far as he would take him, he demanded to be taken to Louisville. Law enforcement tells 14 News the driver refused.
The two men began arguing and eventually got out of the vehicle. That's when authorities say Bowles pulled a machete and attempted to hijack the vehicle.
Passersby along HWY 54 tried to intervene and the suspect took off running.
He eventually made his way to the Dollar General. Shortly after hearing sirens, store workers say Bowles left everything behind and took off running again.
The small diner across the street from the Dollar General was one of the several stores who locked their doors.
Bowles is facing charges of third-degree burglary and theft by unlawful taking (auto). He is being held on a $25,000 bond.
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