Two charged with carjacking in Summerville

Bryan M. Howell (PROVIDED)

Two teen-agers have been charged in connection with the carjacking Monday in Summerville that ended with the stolen vehicle crashing into another car.

The car was taken at gunpoint about 1 p.m. Monday outside the Dorchester County Library’s Summerville branch on Old Trolley Road. Police and the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office pursued the 2003 Infiniti after it was seen a short time later on Miles Jamison Road, and the Infiniti collided with another vehicle on Rose Lane.

The two males in the Infiniti fled on foot after the crash, and for most of the afternoon avoided a manhunt involving dozens of officers, deputies and tracking dogs.

Summerville Police Captain Jon Rogers said Bryan M. Howell, 18, of Summerville was arrested Monday within a mile of the crash. A 15-year-old boy was arrested Tuesday morning, he said.

Howell is charged with armed robbery, carjacking, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The juvenile faces the same charges, except for the contributing charge, Rogers said.

Howell is lodged at Dorchester County Jail and will have a bond hearing at 9 a.m. Wednesday in Summerville Municipal Court. The juvenile was taken to Columbia and is housed in the Department of Juvenile Justice, Rogers said.