HOLMES COUNTY – A Panama City man is in custody after a carjacking a woman at Sunoco convenience store in Ponce de Leon on Wednesday.
According to a news release from Holmes County Sheriff's Office, HCSO responded to a call from a woman who said a white male, who has been identified as Larry Henderson, had forcibly stolen her red Camaro while she was pumping gas. In an attempt to stop the vehicle, one of the victim's family members pursued the stolen vehicle to the rest area off of Highway 81, however, the Henderson collided with the vehicle.
Henderson did fled east on Highway 90, colliding with another vehicle along the way.
"HCSO deputies intercepted the vehicle in Westville and initiated a pursuit east on Highway 90 at high rates of speed," the release stated. "Henderson continued into Bonifay where HCSO, Bonifay Police Department, and Holmes County EMS stopped traffic at Highways 79 and 90 for safety reasons. The suspect went through the parking lot of the store at the 79/90 intersection and headed south on Hwy 79 with HCSO still in pursuit."
Henderson lost control of the Camaro near of Washington County Road 280 and SR 79, sliding sideways into the rear of a Toyota pickup, causing the pickup to overturn, according to officials.
"Henderson then fled on foot, and HCSO deputies checked the wellbeing of the pickup’s occupant and began setting up a perimeter after assuring the occupant was all right," the release stated. "Washington County Sheriff’s Office and Holmes Correctional Institute’s K9 Unit responded to assist."
"When a passerby stopped to help, Henderson jumped in the back of his SUV and hid as the vehicle traveled down CR 280. The driver wrecked after realizing the subject was in his SUV, and the suspect fled on foot again. Holmes CI deployed their K9 team and was able to track suspect and take him into custody," officials said in the release.
Henderson, who is on state probation, is being charged in Holmes County for carjacking, fleeing and attempting to elude, reckless driving, driving on a suspended license, and leaving the scene of an accident.
No injuries were reported from any of the crashes.
Henderson, who was on state probation, faces charges in Holmes County of carjacking, fleeing and attempting to elude, reckless driving, driving on a suspended license, and leaving the scene of an accident. Additional charges are pending in Washington County.
Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the crashes associated with this incident.
"Sheriff Tate would like to thank the Bonifay Police Department, Holmes County EMS, Holmes CI K9, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the men and women of the Holmes County Sheriff’s Office, and the civilians who stopped to help," the release stated.