December 18, 2014

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Elyria police arrest carjack suspect

Jermaine McCullum

Jermaine McCullum

ELYRIA — A man who allegedly held another man up at gunpoint and stole his car was found and charged by police Tuesday.

Jermaine McCullum, 18, was arrested on an aggravated robbery charge about 5 p.m. at 119 Bohannon Court in connection with an incident earlier this month.

About 12:30 a.m. Jan. 5, Shamelle Craighead told police he was driving his girlfriend’s car — a silver 2005 Hyundai Sonata — and stopped to get gas at the Sunoco at 404 East Ave., Elyria.

Craighead left his keys in the car’s ignition when he went inside to pay for the gas and when he came out he saw a green Ford Expedition parked near his car, according to Elyria police Capt. Chris Costantino.

Police said a man whom they believe was McCullum got out of the Ford Expedition and walked up to Craighead as he returned to his car. He put a gun to Craighead’s stomach and got into his car, Costantino said.

Craighead ran for safety and the suspect drove the car away with the gas pump still in the car.

Police found the car parked on Middle Avenue later the same morning but couldn’t find the suspect, Costantino said.

An investigation led police to Wilkes Villa, where they saw a green Ford Expedition that looked like the one from the station, Costantino said. When they pulled over the vehicle and questioned the people inside, they found McCullum and determined that he was the suspect in the carjacking, according to police.

McCullum was taken to Lorain County Jail where he was being held on a $100,000 bond until a hearing at 1 p.m. today in Elyria Municipal Court.

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or amerriman@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnaLMerriman.