Valdosta armed carjacking suspect arrested after wrecking on interstate

| November 14, 2016


VALDOSTA – Valdosta police have arrested a suspect in an armed carjacking case after wrecking the vehicle on I-75 two days after he allegedly stole it.

At approximately 5:20 a.m. on Nov. 6, the Valdosta Police Department responded to a business in the 300 block of Norman Drive in reference to a reported armed robbery of a woman.

The victim reportedly told officers she was walking in the parking lot of the business when she was approached by a man with a handgun who demanded her car keys.

“When she refused, he produced a handgun and struck her with the weapon, forcing her to relinquish her car keys,” said VPD Lt. Adam Bembry. “The subject then drove off in her vehicle. Detectives responded to the scene to assist in the investigation. The victim’s injuries were not serious and only superficial in nature.”

After speaking with witnesses and analyzing video surveillance, VPD detectives identified Eric Treyvon Thomas, 18, as the offender, reports stated.

On Nov. 8 at approximately 5 p.m., Thomas was involved in a traffic accident on Interstate 75 while driving reportedly driving the stolen vehicle.

“The Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office and The Georgia State Patrol made contact with Thomas who was taken into custody,” Bembry said. “He has been booked on multiple traffic charges.”

In addition to charges related to the accident, Thomas has been charged by VPD with armed robbery, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

“The Valdosta Police Department would like to recognize the hard work of the investigating officers and detectives in this case. Additionally, we appreciate the assistance of The Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia State Patrol,” said Bembry.

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