Anthony Parrish Jr. and Nathaniel Johnson (Source: Chatham County Detention Center)
SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -
Two men charged in
connection with a car theft and leading police on a chase were in court
Anthony Parrish Jr.
and Nathaniel Johnson were back in court to face new charges.
Parrish's was charged
last week with murder and aggravated assault. His new charges are armed
robbery, hijacking of a vehicle and possession of a firearm.
Johnson was charged
last week with possession of a firearm and two counts of being a party to a
crime. His new charges are armed robbery and highjacking of a vehicle.
Parrish and Johnson's court date has been
changed from March 19 to March 28.
On March 6,
Parrish was charged with the Feb. 24 death of Marray Martin, which
occurred at a party on Florida Avenue. Savannah-Chatham Metro Police were
looking for him.
SCMPD Central Precinct Crime
Suppression and TRAP Units were searching for Parrish in the Cuyler-Brownsville
Police said that at about 6:35
p.m. March 6, Parrish and Nathaniel Johnson stole a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu at
gunpoint across town in the 800 block of West 33rd Street.
Police spotted the stolen car and
followed it to West 40th and
Burroughs streets. Police said Parrish and Johnson got out of the car and ran
in different directions.
An officer left his patrol car to
confront Johnson as Parrish circled around a house, jumped into his police car
and drove off, according to SCMPD. Parrish drove the SCMPD cruiser toward
another officer who dove into his own patrol car to avoid getting hit.
Police chased the stolen cruiser
east on 37th Street
until Parrish turned into oncoming traffic and drove west onto the I-16 connector
and the interstate.
Police said Parrish crossed the
center line three times while shooting at officers. Police put down tire spikes
to stop him. He ran off the road into the woods between the Interstate 516 and
Chatham Parkway exits in order to avoid the tire spikes.
Parrish got out of the car and
started shooting and officers fired back at him, according to SCMPD. Patrol
officer Rebekah Gregory was shot in the leg and her finger was injured. Police
said her cell phone deflected the bullet that struck her leg.
I-16 westbound was closed from
6:45 p.m. until 1:20 a.m. March 7 for the investigation.
Police conducted an extensive
search for Johnson in the area where the Chevrolet Malibu had been abandoned.
Johnson was arrested Thursday by
SCMPD, Canine, TRAP officers and U.S. Marshals from the Southeast Regional
Fugitive Task Force.
Parrish and Gregory were taken to
Memorial University Medical Center. They were treated for non-life-threatening
injuries and released.