Armed carjacking suspects from Dekalb arrested in Pike County

STAFF REPORT :::

Two armed carjacking suspects from a Dekalb County incident have been apprehended by the Pike County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies of the PCSO at 8:08 p.m. Thursday night attempted to execute a traffic stop on a Nissan Rogue, but the driver reportedly refused to stop, and a pursuit ensued on Highway 19 southbound through Zebulon.

Officials say the suspect attempted to turn east on Highway 109, but was unable to make the turn due to the high rate of speed at which they were driving. After becoming stuck in the mud on Life Springs Church property, five occupants fled on foot, authorities say.
According to a press release issued by Sheriff Jimmy Thomas, one suspect, 18-year-old Angelo Barnett, of Lithonia, was later located hiding in the Dollar General.

Barnett was arrested and allegedly in possession of a handgun and the key fob belonging to the abandoned vehicle.

A second suspect, 17-year-old Keith Stewart, also of Lithonia, was located in the Dollar General parking lot.

The Nissan Rogue involved in this incident was reported to have been stolen during a Feb. 13 armed robbery in Dekalb County.

Authorities say a mask and additional items located inside the vehicle will be submitted for DNA testing.

Charges faced by suspects in this case include theft by receiving motor vehicle, carrying a concealed weapon, fleeing and attempting to elude, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and numerous traffic violations.

The three other suspects who fled the scene remain at large and investigators are working to identify them.

Thomas expressed appreciation to the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office for providing additional K9 assistance in this incident.

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