Carjack suspect steals two vehicles and leads law enforcement on foot before his capture
Posted December 17, 2019 5:44 p.m. EST
Updated December 17, 2019 6:15 p.m. EST
Carthage, N.C. — Carthage Police received a call Saturday night about an attempted carjacking, but it took four law enforcement agencies across two counties and two suspect vehicles before an arrest was made.
Cori Johnson, 31, is behind bars in Moore County facing multiple charges including armed robbery, larceny of a motor vehicle, breaking and entering of a motor vehicle, assault on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest.
He's accused of trying to carjack 21-year-old Tyreek Reynolds with a hatchet outside the Flying Tiger restaurant at 1001 Monroe Street in Carthage.
“And when he approached him, he gave him a story about trying to get up with his girlfriend in Detroit needing a vehicle and pulled a hatchet out. I think he said he needed some money. The victim passed him $5 and then threw him the keys,” said Jason Blackburn, Carthage police detective.
Reynolds’ car would not start. Johnson fled to the Hardee's across the street where he saw 41-year-old Bobby Maness' 2004 Silver Hyundai Sonata running in the parking lot.
Investigators say Johnson took the Sonata and headed south on N.C. Highway 690 toward Spring Lake but had an accident and flipped the stolen car. A Good Samaritan saw the crash and stopped to help.
“What our knowledge is of that is … a Good Samaritan tried to stop and assist. In the process somehow or another he gets into that vehicle and steals the Good Samaritan’s vehicle that was checking on him for injuries and trying to call 911, trying to get help because he thought he was injured,” said Blackburn.
At that point military policemen from Fort Bragg got involved. They stopped the stolen vehicle near Vass and Garland Almond roads. Johnson slammed his vehicle into a MP car, jumped out and got away on foot.
Spring Lake Police tracked the suspect to two convenience stores on N.C. Highway 24 and finally got him in custody.
No one was hurt in the course of the two carjackings or the chase.
Johnson is being held on a $50,000 bond and will be in court on Jan. 16.