Fla. murder suspect linked to robbery, carjacking, chase in SC

Jamaine Corey Dozier is taken into custody Sunday morning (Source: St. George Police)
Jamaine Corey Dozier is taken into custody Sunday morning (Source: St. George Police)

DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Police say a murder suspect wanted in Florida made his way to the Lowcountry where he allegedly went on a wild crime spree before being caught.

St. George police say the suspect, 31-year-old Corey Dozier, was caught on surveillance cameras robbing a B.P. gas station at gunpoint Sunday morning, a few hours after he allegedly gunned down his girlfriend, 27-year-old Sherry Ann Desravines, in Jacksonville, Fla. Fortunately, the store clerk was not injured.

Dozier was arrested on Interstate 26 in Dorchester County, ending his alleged crime spree that included a killing in Florida, an armed robbery in St. George and a carjacking on I-26.

"It was just strange, it was a strange morning," said St. George Police Chief Anthony Britt.

Investigators say that Dozier shot his girlfriend twice in the head Sunday at their home in Jacksonville, Fla., then stole her car and headed to South Carolina.

Authorities say Dozier drove to the B.P. gas station in St. George, which is right off I-95, and robbed the place. Surveillance video shows Dozier inside the store, ordering the clerk to empty the cash register.

Officers say Dozier then raced down I-95 and crashed the stolen car in a ditch at the I-26 interchange.

"He took the curve a little too fast," Britt said.

Needing another car, police say Dozier had a plan. They say he laid down on I-26 near the 172 mile marker. He pretended he was hurt and it didn't take long for someone to take the bait. Police say a car pulled up, Dozier hopped up, pulled out a gun and pointed it at the people inside. He demanded the keys and they gave them to him. He then took the car and drove off.

"He was a desperate man at that point," Britt said.

Police chased Dozier down I-26 and put out stop sticks to flatten his tires. The car stopped at the 194 mile marker, five miles from Summerville. Police found a .38 caliber revolver on the seat.

Dozier was taken into custody peacefully. Authorities say he confessed to the St. George stickup, but he is still being questioned for other crimes.

Dozier is facing several charges from Lowcountry law enforcement agencies. The charges include carjacking, armed robbery, kidnapping and failure to stop for a blue light. He is also facing the murder charge in Florida.

Dozier was scheduled to go before a bond court judge Monday afternoon in Dorchester County.

Jacksonville, Fla investigators, the SC Highway Patrol, St. George Police Department and the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office are all involved in the case.

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