Crime & Courts

2 caught after Charlotte carjacking, pursuit

Two men who allegedly carjacked a vehicle at gunpoint Thursday morning in north Charlotte were tracked by police and captured a short time later, authorities said.

The pursuit began on North Tryon Street and ended in a partially wooded area off West Morehead Street near Freedom Drive, police said.

Officers were called shortly after 10:30 a.m. to the 3700 block of North Tryon Street near Craighead Avenue, where a victim reported being carjacked by two men.

Police arrived quickly enough to spot the carjacked vehicle leaving the scene. That started a pursuit, and Charlotte-Mecklenburg police were helped by CMPD’s helicopter and by the N.C. Highway Patrol.

The pursuit ended at West Morehead Street and Millerton Avenue, between Freedom Drive and Wilkinson Boulevard, when the suspects stopped the vehicle and tried to run away. One man was caught after a brief foot chase, but the other man got away.

Police called in their K-9 search unit, and the dog found the second suspect a short time later, about a quarter-mile east of where the men left the vehicle. The second suspect suffered minor injuries during the encounter with the police dog, CMPD spokeswoman Officer Jessica Wallin said, and was treated by Medic.

No other injuries were reported.

The names of the suspects have not been released, and police said they are continuing the investigation.