Tayquan Cornell Palmer arrested for carjacking in Frederick, Md.

10:22 AM, Jan 10, 2014   |    comments
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FREDERICK, Md. (WUSA9) -- A fifth person has been arrested for a carjacking that happened on Thursday morning in Frederick.

According to police, Tayquan Cornell Palmer was charged with armed robbery, kidnapping, and first-degree assault.

The charges stem from an incident that began on 16th Street.

Police say at approximately 12:24 a.m. Thursday, officers were notified of an attempted robbery and shots fired in the 800 block of Stratford Way. A victim told them that he was in the area of 16th St. when his vehicle was blocked in by another vehicle. Several people got out of the vehicle and approached him with handguns. The victim reported that he was then taken, against his will, back to his apartment on Stratford Way. He was able to get free and flee the apartment. The suspects fired several shots into the door of the victim's apartment.

Officers found a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle leaving the area and attempted to make a traffic stop, but were led on a chase, say police. Officers from the Frederick County Sheriff's Office and Maryland State Police later joined the pursuit. The officers were assisted by the Maryland State Police Helicopter. During the pursuit, officer saw someone throw an object from the vehicle which was later found to be a handgun. Officers used Stop Sticks that flattened the tires of the vehicle, bringing the pursuit to an end on Ballenger Creek Pike.  One suspect got out of the vehicle as it came to a stop and was later apprehended in a nearby yard, according to police.

The female driving the SUV, Hailee Lynn Baker, was arrested and charged with fleeing and eluding. Three others -- Najee Edward Dawson, Darryl Lee Cooke, Jr., and Jerrell Isaiah Smith -- face charges including armed robbery, kidnapping and numerous weapons related charges.

Police say the carjacking was not a random act and that the victim and suspects "are familiar with each other."

A Frederick County Sheriff's Office deputy, a Maryland State Police trooper, and a Frederick Police officer suffered minor injuries, according to police. The deputy sustained an ankle injury, the trooper had a minor head injury and the Frederick officer sustained a minor cut to his hand. They were treated for their injuries and released, say police.

This investigation is still ongoing and additional charges are pending.

Anyone with information related to this case is asked to call detective Steve Petruzzello at 301-600-4110 or the Frederick Police Department Crime Tip Line at 301-600-TIPS.

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