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Virginia pair takes stolen vehicle from tow lot, evades arrest, police say

Brandon Paykamian • Updated Jul 27, 2018 at 10:21 PM

Johnson City police arrested two people from Virginia accused of driving a stolen vehicle from a tow lot Thursday.

When police responded to a disturbance at Low-Rate Towing, 103 Ashe St., staff said a white male had entered the property and taken a 2008 Jeep Patriot and driven off the lot. An employee followed the car while calling 911, police said.

When the Jeep pulled into the lot of Monarch Apartments, 1109 University Parkway, the driver left the vehicle and got into a Honda Element, which police said left the area. The employee then reportedly continued to follow the Honda, which drove to Hospitots, a day care at 1719 W. Market St. The male suspect fled on foot, and police deployed a K-9 team to track him.

When police later made contact with the female driver of the Honda at Hospitots, she told officers that she had been carjacked by a stranger at Monarch Apartments. After police questioned Morgan McGhee, 24, 585 W. Spiller St., Wytheville, Virginia, officers said she eventually admitted that she was not carjacked and she knew the male suspect. 

The male suspect, Joshua Haywood, 31, Max Meadows, Virginia, was then found at Monarch Apartments. Police said the investigation revealed that Haywood had the Jeep towed to Low-Rate earlier in the week to have some work done on the vehicle and had then taken the vehicle without paying the tow lot. The Jeep had been reported stolen out of Wytheville.

Haywood was charged with theft of services over $1,000, possession of stolen property over $2,500 and evading arrest. McGhee was charged with false reporting and theft of services over $1,000. Both were held in the Washington County Detention Center on $6,000 bond and were set to appear in Sessions Court on Friday.

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