Tyler police ID 3 arrested for armed carjacking

TYLER, Texas (KETK) – The Tyler Police Department said that three people are in custody after allegedly taking someone’s vehicle at gunpoint.

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Officials with Tyler police told KETK that they responded to a call around 12:24 p.m. at the 1100 block of W. Queen Avenue on Friday, of a victim being held at gunpoint in an attempt to steal his vehicle.

According to a release, the victim was approached by a man while sitting in his vehicle. The man had allegedly pointed a handgun at him and demanded his vehicle. The victim complied and got out of his Chevy Tahoe. The suspect then got into the vehicle and drove away.

Officers began a search for the stolen vehicle and spotted it at a business on Highway 31 W. near Patton Lane. When the suspect saw officers approaching him, he reportedly fled the scene and a pursuit began. However, the pursuit was short as the driver pulled over a short distance away.

Police also discovered that prior to the pursuit, two suspects had gotten out of the vehicle and evaded officers on foot. They were quickly taken into custody.

All three suspects were allegedly armed, and police believe one of the guns appeared to be stolen.

Tyler PD identified the suspects as:

  • Kadarius Veasey, 18, who was charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, unauthorized carrying of a weapon, evading arresting and had an outstanding warrants.

  • Jaedyn Johnson, 18, who was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance, evading arrest, unauthorized carrying of a weapon and tampering with identification numbers.

  • Alexander McGee, 17, was charged with evading arrest, unauthorized carrying of a weapon, possession of marijuana and escape.

Tyler PD said the three suspects were booked into the Smith County Jail and additional charges are expected.

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