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Jun 20, 2008

Accused car jacker involved in high speed chase arrested

Story PictureFollowing a brazen car jacking and subsequent high speed chase on Thursday afternoon, police have arrested and charged a gas station attendant for the crimes. Today nineteen year old Mansa Obi pled not guilty to charges of Robbery, Driving a Motor Vehicle without Due Care and Attention, Keeping a Firearm and Ammunition without a License, and six counts of Aggravated Assault. Police believe Obi was the gunman who held up twenty-six year old hotel manager Belkis Caceres on Cleghorn Street around three Thursday afternoon. According to the victim, her attacker pointed a gun in her face, demanded her belongings and used her keys to steal her car. The thief left the area in a hurry but a police mobile patrol caught up with him after the stolen Nissan Altima barreled through the checkpoint at mile three on the Western Highway. The chase ended when the driver ran off the road and into a ditch near mile eleven and a half. Cops say when they pulled up, the accused fired a barrage of bullets at them and then tried to run away. Police retaliated in kind and Obi was hit in the left thigh during the crossfire. The case against Obi has been adjourned until July eighteenth. It is believed that additional charges will be filed against the accused because the driver of the stolen car also damaged a Toyota Prado on Princess Margaret Drive as he tried to get out of the city.

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