Maryland State Police have arrested a man in a Cecil County parking lot last night after he is alleged to have attempted a carjacking at a gas station and an armed robbery at a nearby store.
The suspect, Jason A. Johnson, has been charged with three counts each of first degree assault, second degree assault and armed robbery, as well as one count of attempted armed carjacking.
According to police at about 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Maryland State Police at the North East Barrack received a call from a concerned citizen who reported a man was in the shopping center parking lot at 75 North East Plaza, who appeared to be looking into vehicles.
The responding officer was informed that an attempted robbery by a man displaying a knife had occurred ten minutes before, at the Walmart in the area.
Another trooper checked a nearby shopping area and located Johnson. While out with the individual, troopers were approached by a woman who said a man armed with a knife had attempted to carjack her at the gas station in the 2300 block of Pulaski Highway earlier in the evening.
When she shut her car door, the man left the area.
Based on investigation, troopers determined evidence indicated Johnson was involved in the attempted carjacking and attempted armed robbery.
No one was injured in either incident.