The man accused of robbing a Lenoir City fast food restaurant and carjacking a Knoxville woman now faces federal charges.
Joshua Hayworth, 23, of Lenoir City, is charged with Hobbs Act violations and carjacking charges. A violation of the Hobbs Act means a suspect has used or threatened force, violence, or fear to obtain something. Another man, Timothy E. Chudley, 35, also of Lenoir City, is charged with violating the Hobbs Act.
Investigators say both men planned the robbery of the Lenoir City Burger King on January 30, where employees were held at gunpoint.
On February 3, officers spotted Hayworth driving a stolen vehicle used in the robbery in West Knoxville. During a pursuit by Knox County deputies, Hayworth abandoned the car and ran into a nearby mobile home. He was chased out by a dog, and ran to a nearby neighborhood, where he carjacked a pregnant woman on Doubletree Lane and stole her car. She received minor injuries, but she and the baby are okay.
Authorities say Hayworth wrecked that stolen vehicle, than ran into an abandoned house, where a K-9 tracked him down and he was arrested.
Chudley was arrested on February 5 without incident.