DA: Gwinnett carjacker arrested when stolen car gets caught in traffic

Police caught a carjacker only 10 minutes after he stole a Chevrolet Camaro at gunpoint because he got stuck in traffic, the Gwinnett County District Attorney’s Office said.

Theandre Chishun Haggins, 27, who is also known as Denzel Morris, was convicted of armed robbery, hijacking a motor vehicle and two counts of aggravated assault  on Aug. 23 after a two-day trial.

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Haggins had arranged to meet a couple he contacted on Craigslist who was selling a 2013 Camaro in the parking lot of a Lawrenceville Walmart on the afternoon of Feb. 2, 2017.  The couple refused to let Haggins take a test drive without proof of payment, so Haggins pointed a gun at them and demanded the car’s title. Once he got the document, he got in the car and drove away, the DA’s office said. The victims called 911. A Lawrenceville police officer found Haggins and the car stuck in traffic on Sugarloaf Parkway less than 10 minutes after the 911 call, the DA’s office said. 

The jury reached their verdict in less than 20 minutes, according to the DA’s office. Haggins “refused to acknowledge any wrongdoing or show remorse,” so Gwinnett County Superior Court Judge Keith Miles sentenced him to life plus forty years to serve in prison. 

He was acquitted of one charge of theft by receiving stolen property. 

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