Suspect arrested after leading stolen car chase, injuring mother and child in separate vehicle

A handgun was located in the stolen vehicle.
Surveillance footage captured a woman being hit by a man involved in a high-speed police chase.
Published: Feb. 7, 2023 at 10:26 PM EST
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - A suspect was arrested after leading Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officers on a car chase in a stolen vehicle that ended in a crash.

Around 6 p.m. on Tuesday, officers responded to an armed robbery of a stolen vehicle. The suspect allegedly approached a vehicle at a stoplight, opened the car door and pointed a handgun at the driver of the car, demanding them to get out. The suspect then got into the vehicle and left the scene.

CMPD located the stolen vehicle on The Plaza a short time later and a pursuit began for a short distance before officers lost sight of the car. Officers were in the process of ending the pursuit because they saw an accident nearby.

The suspect continued on, driving recklessly in traffic, and went on to hit an uninvolved vehicle with a woman and her 4-year-old child inside at the intersection of Belmont Avenue and Harrill Street.

Medic arrived on scene and transported both to an area hospital as a precaution.

WBTV spoke with the mother who was hit, and she said the should have never happened.

“They shouldn’t be doing that at all,” she said referring to the suspect’s actions. “I mean cause you putting everybody life in danger too. I mean you know the person gonna run. I mean what do you get out of that? They dying hard to get these people and getting killed over it for a stolen vehicle? That’s material stuff. They build cars everyday.”

The suspect, later identified as 27-year-old Marshay Cordell Washington, jumped and ran from the stolen vehicle before CMPD’s K9 Unit responded to the scene and quickly tracked the suspect hiding inside a trash can.

Washington was arrested without further incident, and a handgun was located inside the stolen vehicle.

He remains in the Mecklenburg County Jail and was charged with the following offenses:

  • Robbery with a dangerous weapon
  • Larceny motor vehicle
  • Fleeing to elude arrest
  • Felony hit and run
  • Reckless Driving to Endanger
  • Resisting public officer

The investigation into this incident is active and ongoing.

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