Columbia Police have arrested one carjacking suspect and continue to search for a second in connection with an incident on Columbiana Drive, Columbia police announced Monday.
Devontae Xavier Bryant, 21, has been charged with accessory to carjacking and failure to stop on police command, Police Chief Skip Holbrook said in a news release.
Just before 1 a.m. Monday, officers were called to the In Town Suites at 330 Columbiana Drive, after a male and female sitting in a parked Oldsmobile were approached by a man brandishing a gun and demanding money, the news release said. The suspect opened the passenger door, assaulted the man and forced the woman out of the car. She was not injured.
The man was able to run to safety and call 911 from a nearby hotel, while the woman flagged down the responding police officer at the site, the news release said.
Officers patrolling the area got a call around 1:30 a.m. about a larceny at the Wal-Mart store, 360 Harbison Blvd., the news release said, and police reviewing the video saw the stolen Oldsmobile and a black Camaro, which was later found to be stolen from the Richland County Sheriff’s Department jurisdiction.
At around 2:30 a.m., officers received a call regarding two armed males in a black Camaro, allegedly chasing individuals at Paces Brook Apartments, 112 Paces Brook Ave. Officers arriving there spotted a black Camaro leaving the area at a high rate of speed. Another officer saw the Camaro with no headlights on driving toward Harbison Boulevard at a high rate of speed and tried to stop the car, without success. A police pursuit was initiated.
The Camaro driver allegedly tried to elude police on Harbison Boulevard and Piney Grove Road, where the driver hit another vehicle. The suspect then traveled to Misty Vale Lane, drove through several yards, before traveling down Interstate 20, the news release said. The suspect’s car then struck a concrete median on the eastbound on-ramp, and a tire blew. The car continued to Exit 68 and turned onto Monticello Road and onto the grass at the 5400 block of Monticello Road before striking a fence, the news release said.
Two male suspects fled from the wrecked car and officers chased them, the news release said. Bryant was captured, while the second suspect is still at large.
Members of the Richland County Sheriff Department’s K9 team assisted in the search for him.
Bryant will be taken to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.