Knoxville Police say two suspects in a recent North Knoxville carjacking have been arrested in Chattanooga.
The carjacking was reported about 7:15 a.m. on Oct. 13, when a man was getting cash out of the ATM at the Home Federal Bank at 501 Merchant Dr. Two suspects approached the man, with a black semi-automatic handgun and demanded his vehicle, according to KPD.
The suspects fled the area in the victim's Nissan pickup.
KPD said investigators shared evidence on the suspects with the Chattanooga Police Department, and CPD identified the suspects.
On Friday, Oct. 14, a CPD officer was responding to a call for service when he noticed the stolen Nissan truck. The truck drove off and later crashed into another vehicle, and then the driver fled on foot. The driver, identified as 18-year-old Brandon Moates, of Chattanooga, was located by CPD officers at a residence on Sunday and taken into custody.
CPD officers arrested the second carjacking suspect, 19-year-old Elija Springs, of Chattanooga, on Friday evening at a residence in Chattanooga.
Moates is currently being held without bond in Chattanooga on multiple charges. Springs has been transported back to Knoxville and is being held in the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility on $75,000 bond.
According the KPD, Chattanooga police have classified both suspects as validated gang members.
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