Suspect arrested in connection to attempted carjacking in Morehead City

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MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (WNCT) A man was arrested Wednesday afternoon in connection to an attempted carjacking after an incident at a Cedar Point Bojangles’, deputies said.

Around 9:00 am, the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office responded to an attempted carjacking at the Bojangles’ in the 1100 block of Cedar Point Boulevard.

The occupant of the vehicle told deputies he was sitting in the driver’s seat when another man opened his car door and pulled him out of the vehicle.

The suspect threatened the victim, a brief physical altercation occurred and then the suspect fled the parking lot of the fast-food restaurant on foot towards the Marsh Harbour subdivision.

The suspect was described as a white male having a thin build and wearing a blue shirt with dark pants.

Around 9:30 a.m. deputies responded to a separate call in regards to a stolen vehicle that occurred in Marsh Harbour.

According to reports, the suspect stole a 2012 Land Rover Range Rover that was parked in the driveway of a residence on Walkers Cay Court.

A few hours later, Carteret County Communications Center received numerous 911 calls from concerned motorists regarding a vehicle matching the description of the stolen vehicle traveling east on Highway 24 at an extremely high rate of speed – at times traveling east in the westbound lane.

Within minutes of those reports, the vehicle was spotted by officers of the Morehead City Police Department in the vicinity of the Morehead City Walmart.

Deputies and the Morehead City Police Department initiated a felony traffic stop at the intersection of Highway 70 East and Mansfield Parkway and successfully took into custody the suspect without further incident.

The suspect, 34-year-old Joel Anthony Barkman, was charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle, felony breaking and entering, felony larceny after breaking and entering, felony common law robbery, felony attempted larceny, felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and reckless driving to endanger.

Deputies said the driver who was targeted in the Bojangles’ parking lot did suffer minor injuries.

Barkman was sent to the Carteret County Jail under a $100,000 bond.

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