Crime & Courts

2 Charlotte teens charged in alleged carjacking

Two Charlotte teens are accused by police of carjacking a man’s vehicle early Thursday and then leading officers on a brief chase before being arrested, authorities say.

The two suspects were a 14-year-old and a 15-year-old, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police.

Investigators said police were called shortly after 5:15 a.m. to the 6200 block of Barrington Drive, just south of The Plaza. A man told police that two armed suspects had approached him and taken his vehicle.

A short time later, officers spotted the vehicle on West Sugar Creek Road, with two people inside. Police tried stopping the vehicle but the driver refused to stop. After a brief pursuit, police said, the car stopped in the 3400 block of Oakwood Avenue.

The driver was taken into custody immediately, but the passenger ran off, police said. Authorities set up a perimeter around the area and said a police dog helped find the second person.

The 15-year-old was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, armed robbery, reckless driving, speeding to elude apprehension and driving without a license, according to police. The 14-year-old was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle and armed robbery, police said.

The two suspects were taken to the Gaston County Correctional Facility, authorities said.