Two people are in custody in connection with a brief crime spree that included a carjacking and robbery in Rowan County.
Blanca Garcia Alejandre, 19, and Juan Alonso are in the Rowan County Detention Center, each facing a string of charges, including kidnapping and robbing a man who stopped to help Alejandre.
Their arrests stem from incidents that began around 6:30 a.m. Sunday with a carjacking scheme in the parking lot of Graham’s Grill, at 5520 Sherrill’s Ford Road in Salisbury.
Todd Motley of Salisbury told deputies that his 2012 Dodge Ram truck was taken from him at that location after he offered a ride to a woman who flagged him down and told him she was having car trouble.
As Motley unlocked his passenger side door, a man in a hooded sweatshirt and black ski mask approached from the driver’s side, armed with a shotgun.
The man ordered Motley to get in the back seat of his truck, according to a report from Capt. John Sifford of the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office. Motley escaped and ran into a nearby field when the gunman went around to the back of the truck.
Motley called deputies once he arrived home. Deputies later found his truck, still running, on Spicewood Lane.
A short time later, deputies were called to a residence on Stanwyck Road. The resident, Edward Church, said a woman showed up at his door asking for help. Once the door was open, a masked man armed with a shotgun appeared. Church began screaming, and the two suspects ran away.
Deputies arrested Alejandre shortly after 8:45 a.m. Sunday after receiving a call about a suspicious woman hiding behind vehicles at 3041 Sherrill’s Ford Road. She was identified by Motley and Church.
Alonso was arrested shortly after 8 p.m. after a resident reported a man was sleeping under his trailer. Deputies found a wallet and pocket knife that Motley had reported stolen.
Alejandre is charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, larceny of a motor vehicle, second-degree kidnapping, resisting a public officer and attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon. Bond was set at $125,000.
Alonso is charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, larceny of a motor vehicle and second-degree kidnapping. Bond was set at $350,000.
Karen Sullivan: 704-358-5532, @Sullivan_kms