Carjack suspect is chased, arrested

Deputy pursues car, which hits tree

2nd suspect sought

May 15, 2001|By Laura Barnhardt | Laura Barnhardt,SUN STAFF

An armed carjacking suspect was arrested yesterday after the stolen vehicle - pursued by a deputy sheriff - crashed into a tree along Ritchie Highway in Brooklyn Park, police said.

The carjacking victim, Paul Elliott, a 40-year-old driver for an airport shuttle service, told Anne Arundel County police he was robbed of his car by a gunman wearing a camouflage mask - one of two occupants of a white vehicle that collided with Elliott near Digiulian Boulevard and Dorsey Road.

Elliott told police he was southbound on Digiulian about 10:15 a.m. when the white vehicle was driven out of a driveway on Dorsey Road, turned slowly into the intersection and collided with his 1996 Dodge Stratus. He got out of the car, approached the vehicle and was confronted by the masked man who displayed a silver handgun.

"Don't move and you won't get hurt," he said he was told as the gunman got into the Dodge and drove off, followed by the accomplice in the white vehicle.

A passing motorist stopped to assist Elliott and called police, resulting in a radio alert for the Dodge. It was spotted by Anne Arundel Deputy Sheriff P. Luckhardt near Dorsey Road and Central Avenue, said Lt. Joseph Jordan, a county police spokesman.

Luckhardt pursued the car to Ritchie Highway and north into Brooklyn Park, where the driver lost control of the Dodge and it struck a tree, police said.

The suspect - who police said had a fully loaded 9 mm handgun and an extra loaded magazine - was arrested without incident and taken to the Western District station.

Police said Juan Demetrius Chestnut, 31, of the 3800 block of Bowers Ave. in Baltimore was charged with armed carjacking, armed robbery, first-degree assault and weapons offenses. He was being held without bail last night at the county detention center on Jennifer Road.

Reached at the family home last night, the suspect's mother, Ella Chestnut, said she had not been informed of his arrest and was shocked.

"He's never in his life been in trouble," she said. "I've never even known him to have a gun."

A second suspect was being sought last night.

Elliott, an employee of Shuttle Express who lives in Abingdon, could not be reached for comment.

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