Suspect in carjackings cornered in attic

Demetrius Nelson

VALDOSTA — A suspect in recent carjackings was cornered in an attic and arrested, according to police.

At 6:30 p.m., July 5, officers with the Valdosta Police Department Power Squad Unit were told a subject with several active warrants was in an apartment in the 600 block of East Ann Street, according to a police statement released Thursday.

As officers made contact with a resident at the apartment, the suspect tried to hide in the attic, refusing to come out, according to the statement.

More police arrived and a team of officers went into the attic and found the suspect, who was taken into custody without incident, police said.

Demetrius Nelson, 31, of Valdosta is charged with hijacking of a motor vehicle first degree-felony, hijacking of a motor vehicle second degree-felony, robbery-felony; aggravated assault-felony, possession of a knife during the commission of a crime-felony and obstruction of an officer-misdemeanor, according to the police statement.

Nelson is a suspect in two carjackings that took place in June, police said.

In the first case, a woman reported she had been pulled from her car by an unknown man at about 12:20 a.m., June 29, in the 1500 block of East Park Avenue, the statement said. The offender took property from her and fled in her vehicle.

In the second case, a woman said as she was getting into her car in the 2500 block of North Patterson Street at 8:53 p.m. June 30, a stranger pulled a knife on her and demanded her vehicle, police said. He pulled her out of the car, then drove away in her vehicle, according to the statement.

Arrest warrants for the carjackings were obtained Wednesday, July 10, police said.

“We are thankful for the citizens who came forward with the information to help our detectives solve these violent cases so quickly. I am proud of the work of our officers who pursued and apprehended this dangerous fugitive in his attempt to evade arrest,” Valdosta Police Chief Leslie Manahan said.

Terry Richards is senior reporter at The Valdosta Daily Times.

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