Police were out in full force last night, after two teens took them for a ride. It started at a bank downtown and after a few hours, ended on 39th Avenue.
The victim was in the process of making a transaction when police say he was held at gunpoint and carjacked. Police say the two suspects - one 18-year-old Darius Phillips, and the other - a teenager - stole about five hundred bucks from the victim, and sped off. The victim then called 911.
Cops then located the car, and say they chased the men at speeds of a hundred ten miles per hour. Police say the driver lost control of the vehicle, and crashed into a house. Luckily no one was home. The two suspects fled the scene after the crash.
"We got the one guy one minute after the crash. the other took about 20 minutes . there were several foot chases.. several perimeters - but we finally caught him," says a Gainesville Police Officer.
Police say both men denied any involvement in the incident, and claimed to have no knowledge of the carjacking. The victim says he's lived in gainesville his whole life, and never felt unsafe until now. Both suspects are now in police custody.
By Thalia Hayden, WCJB TV20 News.
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