Two charged in downtown Columbia carjacking

August 30, 2013 

Stolen SUV after crash.


— Two men were arrested and charged Friday night after a chase by Columbia police and pursuit by a police dog, interim police chief Reuben Santiago said in a news release.

Telvin Grayson, 22, and James Davis, 23, are suspects in the armed carjacking of an SUV Friday afternoon on Marion Street near Palmetto Baptist Hospital in downtown Columbia.

Columbia police sought to pull the vehicle over after it was spotted at the intersection of Harden Street and Colonial Drive. Grayson, who was allegedly driving the SUV, did not stop even though the patrol unit sounded its siren and turned on its blue lights Santiago said.

After a few blocks, the two suspects jumped from the moving vehicle and fled on foot on Adams Street. The SUV ran off the road and crashed into a fence. A police dog was able to track the suspects to a home on High Street where they were arrested. A gun was seized from the crashed SUV, police said.

Grayson and Davis are charged with carjacking, attempted armed robbery, and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. Grayson was also charged with failure to stop for blue lights. Both men were being held at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center Friday night.

-- Rachael Myers Lowe

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