JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A man is still shaken up after he was carjacked at gunpoint and later learned his stolen vehicle was involved in a police chase that ended in a crash on McDuff Avenue, his mother said Friday.
The mother, who only wished to be identified as Gwen, said this week has not been easy for her family after her 45-year-old son had his car stolen while running errands Monday afternoon.
"It scares me to death. You can't even do a friend a favor anymore, because that's what he was doing. He was doing a friend a favor and three people jumped him and would have killed him had he not fought back," Gwen said. "Matter of fact, they went into his pocket and made him empty his pockets and they got the keys and his phone and his wallet."
That's when one of three pointed a gun at her son's face, Gwen told News4Jax.
"The third one who ran up to him pulled a gun on him and put it right in his face," she said.
Just days later, the victim's stolen car was spotted about 4:20 p.m. Thursday, and officers attempted to pull it over in the Murray Hill area, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.
A short pursuit ended in a crash after the stolen car ran a red light at Rosselle Street and McDuff Avenue and hit two vehicles. An occupant of one of those vehicles was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
The four suspects -- 19-year-old James Bullard, 18-year-old Ja'mel Bullard, 23-year-old Adrian Bradshaw and an unidentified juvenile -- ran from the crash scene and were tracked down within about 30 minutes by officers and K-9 officers, police said.
According to the arrest reports, James Bullard and the teen were caught after foot chases, Ja'mel Bullard was caught after he was hit by a stun gun and Bradshaw was arrested at gunpoint.
The Bullards, who are brothers, have been charged with leaving the scene of a crash. Ja'mel Bullard is charged with resisting an officer without violence and trespassing. James Bullard is also charged with fleeing police, dealing in stolen property and resisting an officer.
Bradshaw is charged with resisting police and trespassing.
Police have not said whether the four suspects will be charged with carjacking, but Gwen shared a message for them.
"I just pray to God that some of them would just look into their heart and think about what they could be," she said. "They all need to realized that they really are important."
Despite her son's car being involved in the crash, Gwen said, her son is doing better since Monday's incident.
"He just says it's just something you can't imagine until someone puts a gun to your head," the mother said.