SALISBURY, N.C. - A woman was terrorized after police said she was carjacked on her way to a Salisbury gas station. Police said Brian Covington ran into traffic then jumped into her car.
The carjacking happened Wednesday evening on Statesville Boulevard in Salisbury.
Bartek Dyszkiewicz's witnessed a fight that started in a nearby parking lot that poured into Statesville Boulevard.
"I wish I could have done something, but I'm just glad nobody died,” Dyszkiewicz said. “It could have been fatal."
Nathaniel Lemons was among the people fighting in the parking lot that he said was over money. He accuses Covington of stealing from him.
"I knew the cops were going to be called because the witness over here -- he was already out with his phone," Lemons said.
That witness was Dyszkiewicz who was on the phone with 911 when he saw Covington run into the street, followed by Lemons.
"I followed him into the street to try and keep him out of anybody's car because I knew he was a danger," Lemons said.
But police said Covington got away when he jumped into the car of a 24-year-old woman who was driving down Statesville Boulevard with her windows down, which is how Covington got inside her car and demanded she drive off.
The woman was in the car alone with Covington for a couple miles before he got out and walked away.
She drove back to the Exxon gas station near the spot she was carjacked.
Police said she gave them a good description of the suspect who was arrested less than one hour later.
"That's where he needs to be (in jail). I think it will do him some good," Lemons said.
Covington faces charges of felonious restraint and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
Police said the victim wasn't seriously hurt.
Covington is at the Rowan County Detention Center on a $12,000 bond.
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