BESSEMER, Ala. (WBRC) - Tuscaloosa police say a 19-year-old man from Bessemer has formally been charged in two carjacking cases.
Police say Deantrez Sanders has been charged with two counts of first-degree robbery. More charges are expected as the investigation continues, police say.
The charges stem from two incidents on December 3 when authorities say Sanders robbed two women in separate incidents and stole their cars. Sanders was arrested that night but escaped while being transported to jail. He was recaptured Monday.
Tuscaloosa police say the first victim on December 3 called 911 just after 9 p.m. to report she had been robbed and her car was stolen. She was parked at the Oliver Lock and Dam on 43rd Avenue when a white car with four people inside backed into the spot next to her. Police say a man got out of the car, brandished a handgun and demanded her money and personal items. He took her money, phones and other property before leaving in her Honda Accord.
Another woman called to report another robbery about 20 minutes later. She was pumping gas at a business on 15th Street when she was robbed by a man wearing a mask who arrived in the Accord. Police say he approached her, telling her she dropped something before demanding that she hand over “all her stuff.” He took her phone and purse before leaving in her Dodge Challenger. One of the passengers in the first vehicle then left in the Honda Accord.
Sanders has had warrants for failure to appear on a robbery first degree, receiving stolen property first degree and attempting to elude.