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Carjacking victim helps thwart hold-up

Posted July 16, 2010 1:51 p.m. EDT

— A Wayne County man whose car was stolen at gunpoint Thursday followed the gunman in another vehicle and helped foil a robbery at a nearby convenience store, authorities said.

After an armed man ordered Alberto Trejo Ramos out of his car on Riverwoods Drive and drove off in the vehicle, Ramos jumped in a friend's vehicle and followed the carjacker while calling 911, authorities said.

The carjacker drove to Five Points Food Mart, at 335 U.S. Highway 13 South, and tried to rob the store, authorities said. While he was inside the store, Ramos and his friend blocked the stolen car to prevent the robber from fleeing, and Wayne County deputies arrived at the scene.

The clerk told the robber the store didn't have a lot of money, so the man demanded $10 and fled on foot with it, authorities said.

Deputies chased the robber into some nearby woods, where they apprehended him. A K-9 recovered a gun that the robber threw into the woods as he ran.

Justin Andrew Godfrey, 19, of 232 Weston Circle in Goldsboro, was charged with armed robbery, injury to personal property and resisting a public officer. He was being held Friday in the Wayne County jail under a $77,500 bond.

Authorities said more charges are expected in the case.