10 News talks to couple carjacked at Circle K

Plant City, Florida -- Only on 10 News, you'll hear from a man who thought he would die, carjacked while he was filling up at a Circle K gas station.

Dakota McCormick and his girlfriend Shannon Griffin needed gas as they left a friend's house at around 3:30 Friday morning.

So they pulled into a Circle K at the corner of State Road 39 and State Road 60 in Plant City.

As they finished filling up at pump 4, McCormick says two men came out of nowhere -- and one pointed a pistol right at them.

"My girlfriend was with me," McCormick said. "I was in fear that I would never see her again. I didn't know if they were going to grab her and put her in the car. And then I'd never hear from her again."

McCormick says he was certain if he had put up a fight to protect his girlfriend, they would both be dead.

"It didn't just look like a carjacking. I felt almost like my life was completely in danger. I was in danger of being shot," McCormick said.

"And, just as proof, when he left, he fired off a warning shot. So that gun had ammunition in the chamber. At any point, he could have killed me and my girlfriend."

The two suspects took off in Shannon's Chevy Malibu, a graduation present from her dad.

A Hillsborough County sheriff's deputy spotted and followed the car as it sped away from the Circle K -- before he even knew it had been stolen.

After other deputies were close by, and he heard two crooks may be inside, the deputy turned on his lights. For ten minutes, cruisers raced after the car in the dark, past the phosphate mines of western Polk County.

The stolen car flew off of State Road 640 at a bend and tumbled a few hundred feet along a ditch. The victims said deputies told them at one point, the chase got up to 110 miles an hour.

"I think this definitely makes me take a closer look at -- not only what I do, but what other people will do to get what they want," McCormick said.

"They're even willing to kill themselves, as you can see, to get it."

The suspects avoided getting hurt in the wreck. But they couldn't avoid being spotted hiding in the woods by a sheriff's K9 unit. Both were caught, and one was bitten by the dog.

Neither suspect was injured in the crash, and they both got out and ran into a wooded area.

Khalil Holt, 19, and Raheim Johnson, 20, both from Lakeland, are now locked up and face charges of carjacking, fleeing, and resisting arrest.

When they searched the wrecked car, deputies say they found a loaded Kel-Tec 9mm semi-automatic handgun inside.


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