A man in Los Angeles reportedly fled from police Friday, carjacking two SUVs and killing one car’s owner by dragging him for about two miles.
The suspect, 31-year-old Joshua Reneau, was initially wanted in connection with a robbery and murder that took place July 29 in the city’s Reseda neighborhood, ABC 7 reported. He was allegedly under police surveillance when he got into the passenger seat of an SUV near his home and sped off, resulting in a chase. Reneau eventually crashed into another vehicle, at which point he fled that car and carjacked another SUV, the outlet noted.
He then sped off while dragging the carjacking victim along, the outlet noted. (RELATED: Chick-Fil-A Employee Goes Above And Beyond Job Requirements, Tackles Alleged Carjacker)
“The murder suspect got out of the passenger side and carjacked another vehicle. The murder suspect drove away from Florence Avenue and Haas Avenue, dragging the carjacking victim,” the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) said in a statement, according to the New York Post.
The suspect dragged the victim, who was tangled in his seatbelt, for about two miles before he was able to break free, the NY Post continued. “We just saw a car coming straight at us with a dead body hanging out of the bottom. I hopped the curb with my kids in the car because I didn’t want them to hit me,” Tina Atkins, a witness who had been picking up her children from an after-school program when she saw the vehicle, reportedly said.
Prairie/Florence – A murder suspect is barricaded in a flipped over vehicle after dragging a deceased carjacking victim during a pursuit. The LAPD were chasing the murder suspect when the vehicle crashed and he carjacked another victim. He then dragged that victim for a mile.
— Downtown LA Scanner (@DowntownLAScan) October 14, 2022
The victim, identified as 32-year-old Earl Hunter, was pronounced dead at the hospital, NBC 7 reported.
“Valley Bureau Homicide detectives responded to both crime scenes and, through investigation, learned that the victims were confronted by three males. Two of the suspects were armed with handguns. One of the suspects grabbed the victim’s two large necklaces. During the incident, the victim was shot,” police said, according to the NY Post.
Police arrested 28-year-old Derek Hall and 20-year-old Miracole Brown on Thursday in connection with the Reseda incident in July, charging them with robbery and murder, according to ABC 7. Detectives had also obtained a murder arrest warrant for Reneau.