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Jacksonville police make arrest in carjacking

3:23 PM, Jul 31, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office has made an arrest in a carjacking that happened late Monday evening.

Enrico Theodious Rhodes, 20, has been charged with three counts of armed robbery and one count of carjacking with a deadly weapon, according to a JSO police report.

The carjacking happened at the Olive Garden on City Station Drive. Three of the restaurant's employees, one male and two females, were talking in the parking lot at the end of their shift, according to the report.

Minutes before the carjacking, the male employee spotted a green Oldsmobile drive past them. Rhodes was in the passenger's seat and a black female was driving, the report stated.

One of the females, who was sitting in her car, spotted someone crouching behind the building who was thought to be another employee who was "messing with them."

It was Rhodes, who stayed crouched down and ran toward the three while pointing a gun. He demanded that the male and the other female remove their pants, and then demanded their phones and car keys.

Rhodes drove off in the second female's vehicle, which was followed by the Oldsmobile, the report stated.

Police later spotted the car on the Westside and chased the suspect to Old Middleburg Road. They were able to track the car because one of the employees had an iPhone, which was enabled with a tracking device.

JSO's Cold Case unit was called to the scene of Wiley and Old Middleburg roads. Public Information Officer Melissa Bujeda said at this point, there was a police-involved shooting. Multiple officers were involved.

Police say they used a stop procedure. Rhodes then crashed into a yard and through a fence. According to police, the suspect then jumped out and fired at police. Several officers returned fire but did not hit the suspect.

Police say Rhodes has minor injuries from the crash. 

The owner of the home, Ella Edwards described what she heard.

"I heard a loud noise like a car racing, then I heard bang like it hit something, then I looked out the window, then I started hearing gunshots all over the place and I ran and got low and hid," she said.

Rhodes' previous criminal history includes driving with no license and burglary to a dwelling.

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