Charleston teen arrested in Orangeburg carjacking

Charleston teen arrested in Orangeburg carjacking

ORANGEBURG COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A 16-year-old Charleston youth is being charged as an adult in a carjacking at an Orangeburg truck stop.

The teen, Byron Johnson, will be charged with carjacking with no bodily harm, a charge that carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, according to Orangeburg County Sheriff's spokesman Richard Walker.

Johnson was one of two suspects arrested in the incident.

"Through store security video and witnesses, we determined this 16-year-old to be the individual who approached the victim with a handgun," Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said.

The second suspect is 15 years old and his case is being handled by the Department of Juvenile Justice. The 15-year-old's identity has not been released because of his age.

Deputies say the carjacking occurred around 5:30 a.m. at the Love's Truck Stop at the intersection of I-26 and Highway 301.

A motorist told deputies he was waiting on an acquaintance who had gone inside the truck stop when a subject approached asking for change. When he told the subject he didn't have any, the subject pulled out a gun, demanding he get out of the car, the victim said.

Witnesses said three suspects had ridden bicycles to the location and had hidden them behind a nearby business. 
The bicycles were recovered and taken into evidence.

North Charleston Police spotted the vehicle based on a report from Orangeburg County.

Johnson and the 15-year-old were taken into custody during a traffic stop that resulted.

Walker says a third person  is still being sought.

Anyone with information on the third person involved in the carjacking should contact the Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office at (803) 534-3550 or Crime Stoppers at (843) 554-1111.

Bond for Johnson was denied at a hearing Monday.

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