Police say teens tried to steal man’s car at gunpoint, then ran when victim fought back

Published 9:47 pm Wednesday, August 5, 2020

A Vicksburg teenager has been arrested and charged in the attempted armed carjacking Wednesday morning on Wisconsin Avenue.

At 10:24 a.m., officers were dispatched to the area of Wisconsin Avenue and Fleur-de-Lis Drive after a subject called 911 to report that two black males had attempted to steal his truck at gunpoint. When the would-be victim tried to wrestle the handgun away from his assailant, both suspects fled on foot behind the Red Dot Self-Storage facility.

Officers and investigators of the Vicksburg Police Department and deputies of the Warren County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene and cordoned off the area as a K-9 Deputy deployed his partner and began to track the suspects through the woods. Officers with the Vicksburg Police Department’s NET Team were also involved in the search.

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At 10:46 a.m., the two suspects were discovered behind Parkwood South Apartments. One suspect immediately surrendered, while the other led officers in a brief foot pursuit before surrendering.

Devonta Harris, 17, of Vicksburg, was charged with attempted armed carjacking by Vicksburg Police Department investigators. He will be held without bond until he appears in Vicksburg Municipal Court Thursday.

A second teen was not charged and was released.