Police release more details in carjacking and shooting

Man in stable condition after crash, officer gunfire

January 27, 2002|By Jacques Kelly | Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF

City police released additional details in an unusual carjacking Friday that ended with a man being shot several times by police after officers said he crashed a stolen vehicle into a police car and a taxicab in downtown Baltimore.

The man, whose name has not been released, is in stable condition at Johns Hopkins Hospital, said Agent Martin Bartness, a police spokesman.

A woman accompanying him, Sabrina Wright, 19, of Neptune, N. J., awaits a bail hearing at Baltimore City Detention Center on charges of kidnapping, aggravated assault and handgun violations.

Police identified the victim of the carjacking as Aaron Jones, 20, of Hampton, Va.

Wright and the male suspect had taken a Greyhound bus from New Jersey to Richmond, Va., where they met Jones, whom Bartness described as "a friend of a friend" the couple knew in Virginia.

"This is strange, but it seems [the two suspects] didn't feel like riding the bus back to New Jersey," Bartness said.

At some point, police said, the couple handcuffed Jones, placed him in the trunk of his Chevrolet Cavalier and drove from Virginia to Baltimore, where they attempted to cash in a used portion of a bus ticket back to New Jersey at the downtown Greyhound bus station in the 200 block of W. Fayette St.

While they attempted to get the refund, Jones escaped from the trunk and alerted a police officer.

As the officer approached Jones' car, the suspect drove away, hitting the two vehicles, and touching off a police chase, which involved a half-dozen other police cars.

The chase ended at Ensor and Monument streets in East Baltimore when the Cavalier hit a brick building.

Wright got out of the car and surrendered, police said. The suspect driving the car got out, too, and fired a weapon twice at officers, police said. Five officers returned the fire.

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