PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A suspected carjacker is in the hospital after a desperate attempt to steal a vehicle in Oldsmar this weekend, authorities said.
Troy Andre Johnson, 36, of Hickory, North Carolina is facing multiple charges after a carjacking and an attempted carjacking at a Circle K and Panera Bread on Saturday, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies said the incident began at a Circle K gas station on 3170 Tampa Road.
According to deputies, Johnson drove his minivan next to 47-year-old Kelly Mascavage, who was pumping gas into a Mazda 5 SUV, and entered her vehicle.
“Hands on the wheel, and he was smacking his hands and his head on the steering. And I was trying to explain to him this is my car,” Mascavage recalled in an interview with 8 On Your Side.
Johnson threatened her and demanded her keys, but she refused to hand them over and ran inside the business to call 911.
“Crying, shaking, saying someone needs to call 911,” Mascavage said. “I don’t know what to do. While I was on 911, I saw him exit the car and run towards Panera Bread.”
Investigators said Johnson fled the gas station and went into a nearby Panera Bread. He started pacing back and forth and yelling at customers and the manager, saying he wasn’t leaving until someone handed over the keys to their car. He threatened the manager before leaving the business, authorities said.
Deputies responded to the Panera and found Johnson trying to carjack a Ford Fusion driven by a 36-year-old man. They said Johnson started circling the vehicle and tried to open the door, but was unsuccessful and fled.
Deputies had to chase him and deployed an “electronic control weapon” to stop him.
They were able to detain Johnson, and he was given medical attention, then taken to Mease Countryside Hospital. Investigators suspect he was under the influence of narcotics.
“It was just a relief to know that he wasn’t out there trying to do this to somebody else,” Mascavage said, adding that she was grateful her 6-year-old son was not there for the terrifying ordeal.
Johnson is facing one count of carjacking (unarmed), one count of false imprisonment, one count of attempted carjacking and one count of resisting arrest without violence, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
An investigation is ongoing.
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