Joetaevious Easley (pictured) and a 16-year-old were charged in a string of armed carjackings.
Photo: Fulton County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Fulton County Sheriff's Office

2 teen suspects arrested, 2 sought in string of carjackings in SW Atlanta

Two people have been arrested and two others are wanted in connection with a string of carjackings in southwest Atlanta, according to police. 

The two suspects are sought on multiple charges, including hijacking a motor vehicle and armed robbery in four incidents, Atlanta police spokesman Steve Avery said. Two others, Joetaevious Easley, 19, and an unnamed 16-year-old, were previously arrested and charged, Avery said. 

The first attempted carjacking happened March 25 at a Valero gas station on Delowe Drive, according to a police report. A woman told police she was pumping gas when two men pulled handguns on her, a police report said. 

The men got out of a silver Nissan Sentra and demanded the keys to the woman’s car, she said. They told her they would shoot her if she didn’t hand them over. 

“(The victim) stated in fear she then ran inside the gas station and told the clerk to call police,” the report said. 

When the woman ran away, the men got back into the silver Nissan and took off. The victim told police a woman was driving the car. 

The next three incidents all happened within a 36-hour period, according to a series of Atlanta police reports. 

Officers were sent to the parking lot of a suite in the 3600 block of Camp Creek Parkway about 8 p.m. March 30, a police report said. A woman told police she was sitting in the passenger seat of a black 2010 BMW while her husband was inside a restaurant ordering food. At some point, a white sedan pulled up next to her. 

Surveillance footage from the parking lot shows two men get out of the car, according to the incident report. 

“The suspects in the white car then pulled handguns on her and pointed them at her,” the incident report said. “They then ordered her to get out of the vehicle.” 

One of the suspects got into her BMW and drove off, the police report said. The woman told police her purse and phone were still in the car. 

The next day, the carjackers robbed a delivery man at a gas station on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive about 2 a.m., an incident report said. 

The victim told police he was parked in the lot outside a Texaco convenience store for a delivery when he noticed two cars near the gas pumps. One appeared to be a black BMW, and the other was a green sedan with a drive-out tag, according to an incident report. 

When the victim finished his delivery and left the store, he saw someone nearby “making distracting movements” and asking aloud if anyone had seen his phone, the report said. 

That’s when two men approached the victim, pulled out pistols and told him to get on the ground, the report said. 

The victim handed over his wallet, his phone and the keys to his gray Toyota Sequoia, the report said. The suspects fled on Peyton Road. 

Twelve hours later, police say the suspects struck again. A man called police and told officers he had been carjacked at gunpoint outside his home. 

He said he was sitting in his truck at a location on Larchwood Road when a green sedan pulled up next to him. A man got out and pointed a gun at him, according to an incident report. When he complied, another suspect forced him to go to the back of the truck and lie on the ground. 

“The victim stated one of the suspects, with dreads, put a machine gun to his head and asked for the passcode to his iPhone 8,” according to the incident report. 

The suspect with the dreads got back into the sedan and the other suspect got into the man’s truck, the report said. Both then took off. 

Atlanta police were alerted to the carjacking and spotted one of the stolen vehicles on Glenn Street. Officers followed it and pulled it over near Richardson Street, Avery said. Two men and two women were inside the vehicle, along with two guns, he said. All four people were detained. 

Investigators determined the driver and passenger, later identified as Easley and the 16-year-old, were involved in the carjacking on Larchwood Road, Avery said.  Both were taken into custody. 

Easley was booked into the Fulton County Jail, where he remains with no bond. He is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault with intent to rob, armed robbery, criminal attempt to commit armed robbery, expired or no license, hijacking a motor vehicle, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and possession of a firearm while attempting to commit a felony. 

Few details were released about the two suspects wanted in the case.

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