Second suspect arrested in PTC carjacking



A second suspect in the May 19 carjacking in Peachtree City has been arrested in Panama City, Florida.

Alton C. Trimble, 19, of Palmetto, was taken into custody at a hotel in Panama City, Fla., and charged with hijacking a motor vehicle, possession of a firearm during the commission of certain felonies, aggravated assault and fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer, according to Peachtree City Police Department spokesman Matt Myers.

Myers said that, with assistance from the United States Marshals, Trimble was taken into custody regarding the armed carjacking incident that occurred on May 19 in Peachtree City.

Myers said Trimble is currently awaiting extradition back to Georgia.

This case is still being investigated, and anyone with further information is encouraged to contact the Peachtree City Police Department.

Jaheim Dazon Lassiter, 17, of Jonesboro, was the first suspect arrested in connection with the carjacking. He was charged with aggravated assault, hijacking a motor vehicle, 1st degree, and possession of a firearm during the commission of certain crimes.

The vehicle was stolen at gunpoint from the Wilshire Pavilion shopping center in Peachtree City on May 19 and was later found abandoned in Palmetto after a pursuit in portions of Fayette and Coweta counties. The owner of the stolen vehicle was not injured.

Peachtree City Police Department spokesman Matt Myers said the carjacking occurred at the drive-thru area of the SunTrust Bank at approximately 8:19 p.m.

The owner of a BMW was approached by a black male who brandished a firearm and ordered the driver to surrender the vehicle, said Myers, adding that the owner gave up his vehicle and was not harmed.

Two other black males then exited a gray Ford F150 pickup, later determined to have been stolen from College Park. The three males entered the BMW and fled the area, heading north on Ga. Highway 74, Myers said.

Myers said a Peachtree City officer and a Fayette County Marshal located the vehicle near the intersection of Ga. highways 54 and 74 and began pursuit. The units lost sight of the vehicle in the vicinity of Ga. Highway 34 and Fischer Road in Coweta County.

Myers said a Coweta County deputy subsequently spotted the vehicle and pursued it, then also lost sight of the vehicle.

The BMW was later found abandoned in Palmetto with the motor running, Myers said.