Phelan Thorpe (Credit: Fulton County Sheriff's Office)

Good Samaritans call 911, help police catch attempted carjacking suspect

When a Marietta couple heard screams while driving along Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell recently, they pulled over and tried to help.

Bryan and Jessica Furse told Channel 2 Action News they pulled into a CVS pharmacy lot Jan. 18 because they heard a woman in distress.

“We heard kind of a muffled scream and then a shrieking scream,” Bryan Furse told Channel 2. 

They decided to pull into the parking lot because it didn't sound like a normal scream, Jessica Furse said.

Channel 2's Mike Petchenik reports.

After quickly finding a distraught woman, the Furses saw a man running away.

April Rose told the couple the man came up to her and threatened to shoot her if she didn’t give him her car. They called 911 and Bryan Furse got in his car to chase the suspect. 

Roswell police officers arrested 20-year-old Phelan Thorpe of Morrow.

Roswell police spokeswoman Officer Lisa Holland said the act was a great example of people paying attention to their surroundings and helping each other when needed.

“It's kind of a shame more people don't step in when they see a problem,” Bryan Furse told the television station. “If somebody hadn't been there, he would have totally gotten away.”

Thorpe remains in the Fulton County jail without bond.

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