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Plant City carjacking leads to chase, crash in Polk County

PLANT CITY — An early Friday carjacking at a Plant City gas station led to a chase that ended with a crash in Polk County, according to Hillsborough County deputies.

Two men were arrested after the crash. They were identified as Khalil Holt, 19, and Raheim Johnson, 20, both of Lakeland.

It began about 4:45 a.m. when the two men approached a man and woman who were buying gas at a Shell station at State Road 60 and James L. Redman Parkway. Deputies identified the victims as Dakota McCormick, 19, and Shannon Griffin, 18, both of Dover.

One of the assailants showed a handgun and demanded the victims' 2006 Chevrolet Malibu, deputies said. The two men got in the car and one fired a shot as they fled south.

Minutes later, a deputy spotted the car on Lithia Pinecrest Road in the FishHawk Ranch area. More patrol cruisers were called along with a sheriff's helicopter before the deputy attempted a traffic stop, officials said.

A chase began, lasting about 10 minutes before the car flipped over in a ditch on S.R. 640 near Bonnie Mine Road in Polk County.

Neither of the Lakeland men was injured in the crash, deputies said. They crawled out of the car and ran into nearby woods. A sheriff's dog tracked the two through the woods, where they were taken into custody.

One of the men was treated for a minor dog bite, officials said. Both were later taken to the Polk County Jail, where they were expected to be booked on charges of armed carjacking, fleeing to elude and resisting arrest.

Plant City carjacking leads to chase, crash in Polk County 08/08/14 [Last modified: Friday, August 8, 2014 11:13pm]
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