Crime, Emergency Response

Man steals cab in Joppa, crashes into police cars

Dionte Kyrell James TorrenceA would-be carjacker had a run of bad luck over the weekend.

At just before 2 p.m. on Saturday, police responded to a report of a carjacking in the Joppatowne Plaza in Joppa. At the scene, officers learned that a black male had entered a cab, requested a ride to Baltimore, then implied he had a weapon.

The cab driver jumped out of the car and the suspect got into the driver’s seat and fled with the cab. A call went out for deputies to be on the lookout for the taxi.

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Shortly thereafter, the Harford County sheriff was traveling along Route 40 in the area of Route 755 in Edgewood when he spotted the cab.  After a brief pursuit, the suspect crashed into two vehicles from the Harford County Sheriff’s Office along Route 40 near Spesutia Road. No injuries were reported as a result of the crash.

Deputies took the suspect, identified as Dionte Kyrell James Torrence, 24, of Baltimore, into custody and charged him with carjacking, second-degree assault, and theft.

He was taken to the Harford County Detention Center, where he is being held without bail.

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