A man in Iowa has been arrested after he allegedly attacked two separate good Samaritans and carjacked one who tried to come to his aid during blizzard conditions on the highway, according to authorities.
Around 6 a.m. on Jan. 12, a driver in Des Moines picked up a pedestrian who looked like he needed help, according to the Des Moines Police.
Minutes into the drive, the pedestrian — identified as 28-year-old Jermaine Leatre Shetworth Ware — assaulted the 50-year-old driver and tried to steal the car, police said.
The attempt failed, so Shetworth Ware then flagged down another vehicle on I-235 and successfully carjacked the female driver, authorities said.
The second alleged victim spotted Shetworth Ware running along the side of the highway and decided to let him into her car to help him, according to court documents obtained by The Messenger.
Shetworth Ware allegedly was acting paranoid, making the driver nervous. She reportedly pulled over and once she stopped on the side of the road, Shetworth Ware slammed her into the driver’s side door multiple times, officials said.
During the struggle, the woman was able to pull the keys out of the ignition while the man continued to attack her. Shetworth Ware then reportedly opened the door and slammed his body into hers, knocking the driver into the roadway, court records show.
Shetworth Ware got into the driver’s seat and, noticing the keys were missing, then exited the car and jumped on top of the woman, putting his knee on her throat and constricting her breathing, authorities said.
The suspect is also accused of biting the victim’s right hand while holding his knee on her throat. Officials said he eventually was able to get the keys from the victim and he got back into the car and fled the scene.
Court documents state the driver had cuts and bite marks on her right hand, as well as redness on her throat.
Iowa State Patrol troopers were able to intercept the car and forced it to pull over after a short pursuit, officials said.
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Shetworth Ware was arrested at gunpoint by a trooper.
Authorities claimed he was paranoid, smelled of marijuana, and appeared to be under the influence of drugs.
Shetworth Ware faces multiple charges, including eluding, theft in the second degree, robbery in the first degree, interference with officials acts and operating while under the influence, court records show.
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