Two men and a woman are facing a litany of charges from multiple agencies after a car chase that went through multiple cities in Gaston County Thursday evening ended when officers stopped a carjacking.
Gaston County Police arrested Jaquis Rahmad Smith, 23; Bryan Quinterio, 19; and Madison Deon Jones, 20. Quinterio was arrested in the parking lot of the Ingles grocery store near the intersection of U.S. 321 and N.C. 275 in Dallas. Smith and Jones were arrested minutes later by officers near the Captain’s Quarters Apartments, on the opposite side of U.S. 321.
Smith and Jones forced an elderly woman to begin driving them away before officers were able to stop the car and arrest the pair. The woman was unharmed.
Smith was wanted on multiple warrants out of Charlotte, including for stealing a vehicle from an Enterprise Rent-A-Car dealership last month. Around 5:30 Thursday evening, Lowell Police saw the car and began a pursuit along Interstate 85.
Gaston County Police, along with assistance from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s helicopter and Dallas Police, continued to pursue the vehicle as it headed north along U.S. 321. Smith, Quinterio and Jones jumped out of the car and ran after wrecking it near the intersection of U.S. 321 and N.C. 275.
Smith faces multiple felony charges, including kidnapping, as a result of his attempt to get away from police. He was already facing felony charges on a total of 6 warrants from both Mecklenburg and Gaston counties. Gastonia, Dallas, Lowell and Charlotte-Mecklenburg police departments are all involved in charging on the case.