3 arrested, charged after carjacking, police say

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Three people have been charged after a carjacking Sunday, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

Tyquan Powell, 18, was charged for his involvement in a carjacking and an armed robbery, police say.

Christopher Jones, 18, and Elijah Craig, 19, were charged with resisting officers.

Police said around 3 a.m. Sunday, a man was sleeping in the back seat of a friend’s gray Jeep Cherokee in the 6400 block of Whitewater Drive. The man said he was awakened by two men and they robbed him of his phone and gunpoint and fled in the Jeep.

On Monday, officers saw the stolen Jeep and attempted a traffic stop. It was pulled over into the parking lot of Vance High School. Police said the occupants then jumped and ran from the vehicle.

Vance High School was placed on lockdown. Three additional schools in the area, James Martin Middle School, Morehead Elementary and Nathaniel Alexander Elementary, were also placed on lockdown.

Police said the driver, identified as Powell, dropped a handgun magazine while fleeing.

Two were arrested after a foot chase.

Powell was arrested a short time later in the 8100 block of Ikea Boulevard. 

 Craig was charged with resisting a public officer, Jones was charged with resisting a public officer and possession of a stolen vehicle, and Powell was charged with resisting a public officer and possession of a stolen vehicle. 

Powell was later charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon and served the warrants while in the custody of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office. 

The investigation is ongoing and detectives are asking anyone with information concerning these cases or the suspects to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.