Convicted car thief gets stuck in a field, then allegedly commits another carjacking
A 23-year-old with a criminal history allegedly stole a car in St. Paul, crashed it in a field in Woodbury, committed another carjacking and got arrested.
Bryont Lamar Holmes of St. Paul was arrested in Cottage Grove on April 28. The man was driving a car that was reported as suspicious when it was parked on Innsdale Avenue in Cottage Grove. The man was cited for driving after revocation, but was taken into custody by Woodbury police for alleged involvement in the vehicle's carjacking, according to Cottage Grove police.
He was charged this week with felony theft, was in custody, and is due in Washington County District Court in August.
According to the complaint:
A couple drove their 2011 GMC Acadia to a home along Woodlane Drive in Woodbury for repairs.
When the driver, a woman, parked, a Toyota pickup turned in front of her, in front of the home's driveway, and drove into a field. The truck got stuck in the field, and a man got out.
She and her passenger thought he was the mechanic.
The man walked over to the sports utility vehicle, reached through the window and grabbed the woman's purse. She grabbed it back, got out of the driver's seat, proceeding to remove some bags from the SUV, while the passenger got their 4-year-old out of the backseat.
The man, later identified as Holmes, got into the driver's seat and took off at a high rate of speed.
The passenger called the mechanic to ask him why he took off, but the mechanic said he was in the garage and would be right out. That's when the couple realized their SUV had just been stolen.
Woodbury police confirmed the Toyota had been stolen from St. Paul earlier in the day.
He has two previous convictions for car theft in Dakota County, for which he is on probation, and has four cases pending for other crimes allegedly committed in Dakota and Ramsey counties. Holmes served nine days in jail in Ramsey County and is on probation in Dakota and Hennepin counties—all for tampering with a vehicle.
Scott Wente contributed to this report.