Suspects identified in carjacking and chase that ended on I-285

Traffic is backed up after a crime spree across DeKalb County.

DeKalb County police Wednesday identified the two men arrested following Tuesday afternoon’s chase of a stolen AT&T van as Kelvin Brown and Justin Williams.

Brown, 23, of Oroville, Calif., was charged with armed robbery, three counts of aggravated assault and one count of aggravated assault on a police officer, according to DeKalb police Capt. Stephen Fore.

Fore said Williams, 25, of Clarkston, was charged with armed robbery and three counts of aggravated assault.

The men were arrested in connection with an incident that started around 3:30 p.m., according to DeKalb police spokeswoman Mekka Parish. The incident reportedly began on Glencroft Place near Lithonia after a man pulled into his driveway, with his grandson in the car, and noticed a car had blocked him in.

“Two people exited the car, one of them armed,” Parish said. “Of course he became very concerned and he put the car in reverse, striking their vehicle.”

As the man escaped the scene, the suspects allegedly fired shots at the vehicle, one grazing the man in the head. It was after he’d driven away that he realized he was hit, Parish said. The man called police and was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital. The child was unharmed, she said.

The two suspects abandoned their vehicle on Glencroft Place and went to the subdivision entrance, at Thompson Mill and Panola Road, where they encountered an AT&T employee with a company van, Parish said. They allegedly stole the van and fled the area.

Police caught up with the van on Interstate 285 north, near the Chamblee Tucker Road exit, where they boxed the vehicle in, forcing it to the side of the highway. One suspect was taken into custody on the side of I-285, and the second suspect, who was dropped off before the van entered 285, was picked up at a different location, Parish said.