Charlotte carjacking leads to police chase, standoff in Fort Mill

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Three people face charges Friday after a car chase that began with a carjacking in Charlotte and ended with a standoff in Fort Mill, according to the York County Sheriff’s Office.

The chase began just after 11 p.m. Thursday when York County deputies recognized a vehicle at a Rock Hill convenience store that was possibly involved in a carjacking in Charlotte, according to sheriff’s office spokesman Trent Faris. The driver refused to stop for the deputy, who lost sight of the vehicle before it was later spotted in Fort Mill.

A second chase ensued and officers tried to stop the suspect on a dead-end section of Harris Road near the Riverview Fire Department, police said. The suspect vehicle turned around, struck a Fort Mill patrol car and sped toward a sheriff’s office patrol car. The vehicle “narrowly missed” hitting the officer, Faris said.

A deputy fired once at the car. The suspect lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a tree near the intersection of Harris and Sam Smith roads a short time later.

No officers were injured.

Two female passengers got out of the car; however, the male suspect refused to exit and locked himself inside, police said. The York County SWAT team and negotiators were called to the scene and talked the suspect out of the car without further incident about 2:20 a.m.

Andrew Clayton Crawford, 21, is charged with receiving stolen goods, assault and battery high and aggravated, failure to stop for blue lights and multiple traffic violations. Additionally, 21-year-old Nyah Briana Fontaine, of Charlotte is charged with receiving stolen goods. The second female suspect was taken to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, and her condition is not available. Police say she will be charged with receiving stolen goods.

Teddy Kulmala •  803-329-4082