With temperatures in the 40s, it was a cold start to Wednesday morning.
A Marietta resident walked outside, started his car and then walked back inside the home on Bellemeade Drive. When he returned to his car, he found a man attempting to steal it, police said.
"Initial reports are that the victim jumped in the bed of his own truck as it was moving, broke out a window and took his truck back over," said Ofc. Chuck McPhilamy.
It was around 8:33 a.m. when police received several phone calls from people seeing a man standing on the back of a moving flatbed utility truck, swinging a sledge hammer at the driver side of the vehicle.
The victim and suspect, identified as Taavon Johnson, 22, tussled and suspect pulled out a knife to try and flee the scene, police said. As the suspect ran away, the owner of the truck called 911. Police said the man swinging the sledge hammer was on the phone with 911 dispatch stating someone had just tried to take his commercial vehicle.
Cobb County Sheriff's deputies were in the area and saw the man matching the description of the suspect outside of a house on Springhollow Lane. That's about a block away from where the attempted car theft took place.
McPhilamy said the suspect talked his way into the home. A woman and children fled the residence unharmed.
The suspect barricaded himself inside the home. Marietta Police, Cobb County Police and Cobb County Sheriff' deputies responded to the scene. Marietta's Police Department SWAT team surrounded the home and made verbal contact with the suspect.
Eventually the suspect was arrested and taken into custody. No one was injured.