3 arrested in S.C. after Charlotte carjacking

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A Charlotte carjacking suspect trying to elude South Carolina law enforcement officers smashed his vehicle into a tree and then barricaded himself in the car for 21/2 hours before surrendering early Friday, York County sheriff’s investigators said.

Andrew Clayton Crawford, 21, was charged with receiving stolen goods, assault and battery, failure to stop for blue lights and other traffic violations.

Crawford was in the York County Detention Center on Friday on $14,475 bail.

One of two passengers in the car, Nyah Briana Fontaine, 21, of Charlotte, was charged with receiving stolen goods. She was jailed on $1,000 bail.

A second female passenger, whom investigators have yet to identify, was taken to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte and also will be charged with receiving stolen goods, according to the sheriff’s office. Her condition was unavailable Friday.

At 11:10 p.m. Thursday, a York County deputy recognized a car at a convenience store in Rock Hill that was possibly involved in a carjacking in Charlotte, sheriff’s investigators said.

The deputy tried to stop the car, but the driver failed to stop, authorities said. The deputy lost sight of the car, but another deputy soon spotted it in Fort Mill.

After another pursuit, deputies and Fort Mill police tried to stop the car on the dead-end section of Harris Road near the Riverview Fire Department.

The car turned around, struck a Fort Mill officer’s patrol car and sped toward a York County deputy’s car, investigators said. The deputy fired one round from his weapon at the suspect’s car, which narrowly missed hitting the deputy and sped off, the sheriff’s office said. Neither officer was injured.

The suspect then lost control of his car at Harris and Sam Smith roads and crashed into the tree.

The two female passengers got out of the car, but the driver refused to leave and locked himself inside, authorities said.

The York County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team and negotiators were called to the scene, and shortly before 2:30 a.m. Friday, the suspect was talked out of the car and taken into custody, investigators said.

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