Teens held on $160,000 bonds in armed carjacking

Published 12:49 pm Friday, June 17, 2011

Bond has been set at $160,000 each for two Jackson teenagers arrested Wednesday for armed carjacking in Vicksburg, police Lt. Bobby Stewart said today.

When arrested outside the city in Warren County, one was driving a vehicle carjacked in Jackson hours earlier, police and sheriff’s deputies said.

Etoine Mayfield, 17, and Jordan Jones, 17, both of 3540 Sunset Drive, remained in the Warren County Jail facing city and county charges. Earlier reports that the teens were from Vicksburg were incorrect.

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In the Vicksburg carjacking, a woman told police that two men approached her with a gun in the parking lot of Shoney’s at 3313 Pemberton Square Blvd., at about 5:20 a.m. and one drove away in her car, a 2006 Nissan Altima, and the other in a yellow car she believed to be a Ford Crown Victoria

Vicksburg police spotted the Altima, driven by Mayfield, on U.S. 80 and chased it along the highway and then Warriors Trail, where the car ran off the road and into a fence.

Stewart said Mayfield ran away on foot but was arrested by Vicksburg police and Warren County deputies minutes later near Newmans Road.

A handgun found Mayfield had had been stolen in an earlier Jackson burglary, said Deputy Billy Joe Heggins. Mayfield had been arrested by Jackson police on the burglary charge and was out on bond from that charge. No further information on that case was available.

He was charged by Vicksburg police Wednesday with armed carjacking, with bond set at $150,000, and by the Warren County Sheriff’s Office with being in possession of a stolen weapon, with bond set at $10,000, said Heggins.

Jones was arrested by deputies around 7:30 a.m., after he was stopped in the 7000 block of U.S. 80. He was driving a gold 1994 Honda Accord that had been reported stolen in a carjacking in Jackson late Tuesday or early Wednesday morning, Stewart said.

Jones has been charged by Vicksburg police with armed carjacking, with bond set at $150,000, and by deputies with being in possession of a stolen vehicle, with bond set at $10,000.

Stewart said it was probable that the victim had been mistaken when she initially described the car Jones drove as a Crown Victoria.

No injuries were reported in either carjacking, Heggins said.